The Women’s Room

Honor your female ancestors and keep their stories alive!

The Women’s Room History Project recovers and highlights the stories of women who, at one time, resided in Aurora County, South Dakota. This crowd-sourced project invites the community to compile and share details about these women for inclusion in the Women’s Room exhibit at the Sweep-VanDyke Railroad Museum & Cultural Center, Plankinton, South Dakota. This new collection of stories will help showcase women’s contributions to life in Aurora County, and therefore, create a more accurate, inclusive, and representative history of the area.

The Community Wall showcasing Aurora County Women, Sweep/Van Dyke Museum, Plankinton, South Dakota

Follow the links below or use the pull down menu’s for the Women’s Room to read sample profiles and to obtain detailed instructions. Please contact me at for questions or to return any profiles you have written. Thanks so much for helping to save these stories!

About the Women’s Room

Female Profile Questionnaire

The Women – by Last Name

The Women – by Year of Birth

In addition, we are seeking donations of porcelain china, serving dishes, and linens to dress the tables for our upcoming Vintage Afternoon Teas at the Sweep/VanDyke Railroad Museum. We request that the donated items be at least forty years old, and that they have, at one time, been used by a woman in Aurora County. Please contact me at to learn more.

Township and City Locations for Women’s Profiles

Aurora County Cities and Townships
Aurora County Township and Range Numbers