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Exciting New 150th Commemoration Items Available in Homestead Bookstores

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News Release Date: February 17, 2012
Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514

Homestead National Monument of America's Eastern National bookstores announce the arrival of 150th items, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act, including magnets, key chains, mugs, embroidered patches, and collectible coins. When visiting the monument this year, be sure to get the perfect gift to remember your trip. Not only do the bookstores have these commemorative items in stock, but we also sell 11" x 14" parchment copies of the Homestead Act of 1862 and a set of five collectible lapel pins to remember the Morrill Act of 1862, Pacific Railway Act of 1862, establishment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862, Dakota Conflict in 1862, and Homestead Act of 1862. To view all of these items, go to http://www.nps.gov/home/planyourvisit/150th-commemorative-items-for-sale.htm.

In conjunction with the upcoming symposium, 1862- The Making of the Great Plains, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Homestead's bookstores are also selling history books by the symposium's featured speakers, including Elliot West's "The Way to the West," David J. Wishart's "An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians," Richard White's "Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America," and "Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One's Own" edited by Sarah Carter. For more information about the symposium, go to http://www.nps.gov/home/150th-symposium.htm.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2012, the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.

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