Sun River Homestead

Esther Strasburger's life as a single woman homesteader in 1909 Montana juxtaposes with her great-granddaughter's story.

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Premiere Date
May 2, 2002
30 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2002 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards-Cultural/Historical Emmy
  • Producer

    Margaret Carey

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    The Film

    With the lure of land ownership, the Homestead Act of 1862 encouraged over 600,000 people to migrate West. Among its new inhabitants were Esther Strasburger and her two sisters who settled in Simms, Montana in 1909. These women accepted the challenges of homesteading and staked a claim to the West for generations to come.