• Sunflowers abloom on the prairie.

    Homestead

    National Monument of America Nebraska

Research

Research is constantly being conducted by Homestead National Monument of America to better understand and share personal stories of the homesteading experience and information about its impacts. With the help of many partners around the country, projects are being done to gather and/or study homestead land entry case files, homesteader oral histories, immigration during the homesteading era, the transformation of homestead lands over time, and much more.

Read on to learn about the research being done, how you can contribute, and how you can conduct research yourself on your homesteader ancestors.

 
Chrisman Homestead: Picturing the Past
An image, featuring the Chrisman sisters, from the "Picturing the Past" photography project, which seeks to show how iconic homestead sites have changed over time.
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Did You Know?

Sunrise over prairie

The Homestead Act, Emancipation Proclamation and the Railroad Act were passed at the same time and worked together to move emigrants to the west for settlement.