It's time for Howling Homestead at Homestead National Monument of America! This exciting, fun, and family-friendly event will be held at the Heritage Center on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 6:00 until 9 p.m. Join us to learn about the night sky and have fun with the "mad scientist," take a night hike through the tallgrass prairie, and much more! There is no fee for this event and the first 100 children receive a free pumpkin to take home from the Friends of Homestead, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the monument.
The monument is excited to welcome both familiar faces and some new ones to participate in this year's Howling Homestead. The Prairie Astronomy Club of Lincoln, NE will be back to show visitors the beautiful night sky of fall with the help of their amazing telescopes. The "mad scientist", volunteer Bob Eddy, invites you into his lab using dry ice to learn about scientific principles and have a little fun. Local music teacher Mary Shelton will lead visitors in fun folk songs near the Palmer-Epard Cabin. Youth from Acting Up! of Beatrice will meet visitors along the hiking trail, sharing stories of their trials and tribulations as homesteaders. There will be several other presenters to entertain both young and old alike.
Harvest time on a homestead brought a bounty of crops, including pumpkins and apples. There will be hot apple cider and cookies for everyone. Howling Homestead is funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Friends of Homestead, and Eastern National, the bookstores at the monument.
Many of the evening activities will be outdoors, so visitors are advised to dress for cool weather. We won't try to be scary. The event is appropriate for all ages. Please leave your costumes at home.