Distance Learning

A School Day in 1872

Children dressed as pioneers leaving the Freeman School at Homestead National Monument of America



Program Format

1. This program begins with a brief introduction to the National Park Service.
2. What the Homestead Act of 1862 was and how it brought people west to settle. 
3. Students will compare and contrast life in a classroom in 1872 and today.
4. Summary and questions.

The course structure includes lecture, visual aids and videos.


  • develop an understanding of the Homestead Act of 1862
  • compare and contrast a school day in 1872 with that of one today

How to Participate

Homestead National Monument of America is able to connect to students using several different technologies to include: H.323 (IP addresses), Facetime, Skype or through a conference call. If you do not see the connection you are specifically looking for, please contact us at the information below.

Homestead National Monument of America partners with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to schedule programs. Accounts are free and there is no charge for any of our programs.

Please register for a program here.

If you are unable to register through CILC, please call Jesse Bolli, Education Coordinator, at (402) 223-3514 or contact him via e-mail.


Agriculture, Community, Education, Family Life, History, Immigration, Social Studies, Westward Expansion
National/State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1 through 3
Distance Learning