The Women’s Room

The Women’s Room at the Sweep/Van Dyke Railroad Museum and Cultural Center in Plankinton

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.

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

This Community Wall showcases the women who are profiled on this site.
The hats displayed in this room were donated by Susan Steele and came from her grandparents store in White Lake. Starting in 1900, the Deisch sisters of White Lake created businesses making hats and dresses. Two sisters married two Hanten brothers and the two couples ran the Hanten General Store, later purchased by one of the sons. Renamed the Hanten Mercantile Company, the business sold in 1947, and they family saved a large collection of hats created by family members.