04 Oct

Author April White Presents: The Divorce Colony

at the Old Courthouse Museum


For a woman traveling without her husband in the late nineteenth century, there was only one reason to take the train all the way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. On the American frontier, the new state’s laws offered a tempting freedom often difficult to obtain elsewhere: divorce.

With the laxest divorce laws in the country, five railroad lines, and the finest hotel for hundreds of miles, the small city became the unexpected headquarters for society divorcees—infamous around the world as the “divorce colony.” These divorce seekers put Sioux Falls at the center of a heated national debate over the future of American marriage.

Join author April White as she discusses her book The Divorce Colony on Tuesday, October 4th with a brown bag discussion at noon or an author presentation at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available to purchase, admission is free!