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  Update from the field:
Simon Shaw, Series Producer


For 6 months an amazing operation has gathered pace. More than 5,000 families responded to our challenge. To track our ideal candidates, we crossed thousands of miles to interview over forty families in twenty-plus States. Historians across America have locked horns to engage in the kind of detail most academics would faint at. Could we really find out if corsets were worn on frontier washdays? What did settlers do without detergents? Could horses be found today to haul wagons across terrifying terrain? And perhaps the most baffling of all our mysteries -- would modern day people be able to survive such an experience?

As always, we discover there's never one neat answer. The truth is there was no "typical" homesteading encounter. Rather, the answers are complex to disentangle but the rewards from the digging doubly fascinating.

As the livestock selected to accompany our dozen participants wait nervously in their corral up at Virginia City, here I am in Bozeman settling down for the night in a hotel
 


"The three main ingredients of our endeavor: jeopardy, uncertainty, and incredible promise for a shared fascinating journey. Who knows where it will lead."
-- Simon Shaw, Series Producer

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Bernie Weisgerber talks about his expectations for the Frontier House. Read his bio.
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Susan Cain predicts some Frontier surprises. Read her bio.

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full of equally anxious families. Like those who first made their journey out west, they must be wondering what lies ahead, what will my land be like? Will my cabin be large enough? Can I survive a six-month encounter with Dad snoring just four inches from me?

This is the day we start to seek answers to those and a few thousand other essentials we hope to discover about life in the raw 1880's style.





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