Keepers of the Land: Three Montana Families and Their Homestead Legacies
Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514
See "Keepers of the Land: Three Montana Families and Their Homestead Legacies" at the Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center on Saturday and Sunday, February 16 & 17, 2013 at 2 p.m.This is the sixth film in the 2013 "Year of the Homesteader Film Festival"series.The chance for free land and opportunity proved irresistible to many, and during the Homesteading Era (1862-1976), 151,600 homesteads were claimed in Montana, the most out of any state."Keepers of the Land" tells the story of three Montana families still living and working the land their ancestors homesteaded more than a century ago.
All films in this festival feature stories of homesteading families. There is no cost or tickets needed to attend, so bring the whole family and popcorn to share! The remaining Year of the Homesteader Film Festival is scheduled as follows:
A Pioneer Family in Alaska (NR): Saturday and Sunday, February 23 & 24, 2013
"The remarkable number of movies about homesteading shows how this part of our heritage has now become our collective folklore," stated Mark Engler, Superintendent of Homestead National Monument of America.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2013.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.
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Did You Know?
To "Prove up" a homestead, the owner was required to make improvements including building a home, breaking the soil, and planting a crop for 5 years.