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Sod House Homesteaders


Take a step into our prairie past and learn about life in a sod house. Sod houses, or “soddies,” were a common style of dwelling built in the Prairies during the second half of the 19th century. Soddies were small structures cheaply built out of blocks of sod and rudimentary house fittings. Since heavily wooded areas on the Prairies were scarce, and settlers lacked the infrastructure to build their traditional style of home, they explored alternative construction methods. Discover how these houses were built, how they functioned and what life in a soddie looked like.


ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Presenter Barret Miller studied Psychology and Forestry, but more importantly grew up playing and learning in the bush around Pinawa, Manitoba. He’s built an outdoor education career, channelling his enthusiasm and love of nature into his work at FortWhyte Alive. Currently the Manager of Group Services, he plans and leads field programming, professional development in outdoor learning and sustainable development, and oversees FortWhyte Alive’s public programming.


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