Glen Brinkman with team
Enduring Service Award
Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska
Glen was an active and dedicated volunteer for more than 15 years; he receives this award posthumously. Glen donated more than 13,000 hours to the park and its visitors. He will be especially remembered for his lasting contributions to Homestead's education programs and special events, including Pioneer Days and Homestead Days.
Brinkman and a park ranger created Pioneer Days to provide hands on, curriculum-based activities for fourth graders. In place-based activities, students get to measure land with a "walking A," use a husking peg to hand pick corn and throw it into a wagon pulled by draft horses, make sugar from sorghum, plow a field, learn how a steam engine and threshing machine work, visit a sod house, wash clothes with a wash board and stomper, dip candles, churn butter, quilt, spin wool, and experience other aspects of pioneer life.
During Homestead Days, Glen led a team that demonstrated antique farming equipment. They ran a threshing machine with a 1916 steam engine, used horses to power a well driller, mowed and raked hay using horse power, and displayed farm equipment. They even built a partial log cabin and a partial sod house using antique equipment. Glen's legacy at Homestead will live on through both his accomplishments and his family members who continue to his volunteer tradition.