Homestead National Monument of America

Blizzard Of '88 To Be Recalled At Homestead National Monument Of America

So many children were killed by the blizzard that swept the Plains states on January 12, 1888, that the storm became known as "the Children's Blizzard." Beginning Saturday, you'll be able to learn more about this storm at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska.

Hometown Of Homestead National Monument Attempts To Relive Its History

Beatrice, Nebraska, home of Homestead National Monument of America, tried to entice residents with its own offer of free land.

150th Anniversary Of Homestead Act Will Be Celebrated With Impressive Event May 20-25

Homesteaders flooding the American heartland in the 1860s couldn't have imagined electric power, much less lasers. A May 20-25 celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act will feature a laser light show and much more at Homestead National Monument of America.

Original Homestead Act Document To Be Displayed At Homestead National Monument Of America

A rare piece of history will be on display at Homestead National Monument of America this spring as part of the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862.

"Monumental" Fiddling Championships Coming To Homestead National Monument of America

The fiddle, a key instrument for entertainment on the American frontier of the mid-1800s, will be featured in May when the 2012 Monumental Fiddling Championships are held at Homestead National Monument of America in southeastern Nebraska.

Are You an American Homesteader—or a Descendant of One?

It's the true grit stuff of legends and dreams, the inspiration for TV series and countless books: homesteaders overcoming adversity to gain free land on the American frontier. The Sesquicentennial of the Homestead Act of 1862 will be celebrated in 2012, and if you're a homesteader or a descendant of one, the staff at Homestead National Monument of America would like to hear from you.

By the Numbers: Homestead National Monument of America

Nebraska's Homestead National Monument of America is a very special place that contains, among other things, America's oldest homestead and second-oldest restored tallgrass prairie.

Special Events On Tap Through Year-End At Homestead National Monument of America

Fiddlin', dancin', and American history will be on display through year's end with special programs at Homestead National Monument of America.

Buggies of Varying Sizes On Display At Homestead National Monument of America

If you've got a penchant for horse-drawn buggies, you might want to figure in a trip to Homestead National Monument of America in the coming months, as there's a collection of horse-drawn buggies on display there.

Symposium Will Highlight Homestead Act 150th Anniversary Celebration at Homestead National Monument of America

At Nebraska's Homestead National Monument of America, the Homestead Act sesquicentennial celebration will feature a symposium examining the impacts of the Homestead Act and other important government initiatives of 1862.

Odds and Ends From Visitor Surveys at National Parks: You'd Be Surprised At Some of the Answers

Pay attention, national park managers and staff. If there's nothing else you do well, be sure to keep the restrooms clean and stocked.

Old-Fashioned Fun on Labor Day Weekend at Homestead National Monument

What did Americans do for entertainment before IPods, ear buds and flat screen TV? Homestead National Monument of America will let you sample some pioneer-style fun during the Labor Day weekend. Monday's events will include an old-fashioned spelling bee, and spellers of all ages are invited to participate.

Orphan Train Rider Will Share Her Story at Homestead National Monument of America

Orphan Train.
It's one of most compelling stories from America's history: Between 1854 and 1929 thousands of children from Eastern cities were sent to the Midwest and West on "Orphan Trains." On March 7, 2010, Homestead National Monument of America will host an Orphan Train historian and one of the few remaining Orphan Train Riders for a special program.

Volunteer Opportunities for Prairie Restoration Projects in Several NPS Areas

Volunteers on prairie restoration project.
The vast sea of grass called the prairie is now just a memory in most of North America, but a few protected and restored remnants still remain. If you'd like to help with prairie restoration projects, several NPS areas are looking for volunteers during the next several weeks.

National Park Quiz 59: Only

This week’s quiz should take only a little while. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll enroll you in the Vinnie and Carmine Institute of Attitude Readjustment.

National Park Quiz 24: Old, Older, Oldest

Are you chronologically challenged? Take this week’s quiz and find out. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write 100 times on the whiteboard: “Isotopic stratigraphy, a branch of chemostratigraphy, should not be confused with lithostratigraphy or cyclostratigraphy”.
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