• Sunflowers abloom on the prairie.


    National Monument of America Nebraska

The Homestead Act of 1862:  
 The Beginning of a Dream

The Homestead Act helped America grow from a small agrarian nation into the largest industrial & agricultural superpower in history.  

Share Homestead with your class!

Plan a field trip, request a travelling trunk, or dial a Ranger.  
Check out our lesson plans. 

Ready, Set, Go to Homestead!

Register Your Class for These Upcoming Festivals!

Prairie Visions Writing Festival - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Students will learn about creative writing and have time to be inspired by the beauty of the tallgrass prairie to create their own work. Hear keynote speaker Dr. Steven Shively, a noted Willa Cather scholar. He is also a former high school English teacher and is now a professor at Utah State University.

- Pre-registration by September 17 is required. Fill out and return this Writing Festival registration form via mail, fax, or email.

Prairie Visions Photography Fesival - Thursday, September 25, 2014
High school juniors and seniors are invited to join photographers Eric Fowler and Doug McGovern for this festival designed to help students improve their photography skills. Fowler, NEBRASKAland Regional Editor, will give tips on taking pictures of the tallgrass prairie including some ways to get inspiration! After Fowler's presentation, students will take pictures of the prairie, learn about early historic photography from Doug McGovern, have lunch, and view the pictures they took.

- Pre-registration by September 17 is required. Fill out and return this Photography Festival registration form via mail, fax, or email.

Details for Both the Writing and Photography Festivals:

- Students in grades 9 through 12 are invited. Space is limited to 100 students. The event will take place at the Homestead Education Center, and, depending on number of students, will end before or around 2 p.m.
- The cost is $5.50 per person which pays for a Subway box lunch. The lunch includes a 6" sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink. Please make checks payable to the Friends of Homestead. Food will be ordered for the number of box lunches ordered, payment must be made for that number.
Need help with transportation costs? Limited busing money is available. If interested contact Homestead National Monument at 402-223-3514.

Questions? Contact Jesse Bolli or Doris Martin at 402-223-3514.