See sparkling decorations from many countries showcasing ethnic traditions at both the Education Center and Heritage Centers at Homestead National Monument of America, from November 23, 2012 through December 30, 2012. The Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures celebrates the winter traditions of people who lived on the Great Plains during the homesteading era.Decorated trees and tabletop displays feature ornaments and hand-made crafts that reflect the spirit of hope, humor, traditions, and generosity which characterized settlers of the West. The Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures event will lead into the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act commemoration in 2013, the Year of the Homesteader. All programs and activities are free.
Homestead National Monument of America Superintendent Mark Engler said, "The Homestead Act of 1862 had a global impact.Many of the ethnic groups represented during the Winter Festival came to America with traditions from their homelands.We hope that families and individuals visiting Homestead during the holiday season will learn something new about the many winter celebrations that take place throughout the world." Cultures represented include Czech, French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh.