First Homes on the PrairiesBook
Moving and settling in have always been a part of prairie life. From teepees to soddies, mailorder houses to mansions, early homes on the Canadian prairies were as diverse as the people who lived in them.
When newcomers from other cultures and places arrived in western Canada, one of their first tasks was to build a shelter for themselves and their families. Settling In details the different lifestyles, cultural expectations, and construction techniques of First Nations, explorers, fur traders, missionaries, NWMP, and pioneer settlers as they built dwellings in the often inhospitable prairie climate and turned houses into homes.
Archival photographs provide a visual record of the enormous variety and ingenuity characteristic of early prairie architecture in the late 1890s and early 1900s.