• Cub Creek winds through the woodland at Hometstead National Monument of America.


    National Monument of America Nebraska

History and Culture

Drawing of Pioneers and Covered Wagon

Pioneers and Covered Wagon


It is the purpose of our government "to elevate the condition of men, to lift artificial burdens from all shoulders and to give everyone an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life." President Abraham Lincoln, July 4, 1861.

The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. By granting 160 acres of free land to claimants, it allowed nearly any man or woman a "fair chance." Homestead National Monument of America, located in Southeast Nebraska, commemorates this Act and the far-reaching effects it had upon the landscape and people.

To learn more examine the pages below [those labeled PDF require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view].


Introduction to the Homesteading[Overview and Links]


First Homesteader [Freeman]

About the Homestead Act

Bible Court Case [PDF]

Text of Homestead Act [PDF]

Freeman Letters

Creation of Homestead NM

Last Homesteader [Deardorff]

Biography of George Norris [PDF]


George Norris & Public Power

Notable Homesteaders or Descendants of Homesteaders (also listed below)

Abraham Lincoln and the West

Presidential Quotes about the Homestead Act

Rachel Bella Calof [PDF]

George Washington Carver [PDF]

Significance of Homesteading

Willa Cather [PDF]

Kenneth Deardorff [PDF]

Exodusters [African-American Homesteaders]

Ivan Doig [PDF]

Map of Homestead States (in brown)[jpg]

Virgil Earp [PDF]

Examples of Homestead Documents [Neve Case Files] [Links]

Whoopi Goldberg [PDF]

John Hubbell [PDF]

Land Records Project

Chet Huntley [PDF]

Tell Your Homesteading Story

Jewel Kilcher [PDF]

Homesteading by the Numbers

Thomas Kleppe [PDF]

State by State Numbers

Walter Knott [PDF]

Graph State by State Acres [PDF]

William McKnight [PDF]

Graph State by State Claims [PDF]

Enos Mills [PDF]

Alternate State by State Claims [PDF]

Forest Ray Moulton [PDF]

Graph State Percentages [PDF]

Bill Nelson [PDF]

Patents by Decade [PDF]

Tom Osborne [PDF]

Acres by Years [PDF]

Steve Owen [PDF]

Was the Homestead Act a land law or an immigrant law? [PDF]

Jeannette Rankin [PDF]

Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America Chautauqua

Evelyn Sharp [PDF]

Wa gi ma wub [PDF]

Lawrence Welk [PDF]

Laura Ingalls Wilder [PDF]

Al Neuharth [PDF]

Did You Know?

Demonstrating candlemeking

Volunteers give over 27,000 hours of service to Homestead National Monument of America each year. If you would like to join, contact Susan Cook at 402-223-3514. -- Homestead National Monument of America