Labor Day Living History Extravaganza 2013
Add Homestead National Monument of American to your Labor Day Weekend plans. For this three day weekend, August 31-September 2, 2013, the monument will offer a variety of fun living history activities from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at both the Heritage and Education Centers. Learn about life as a pioneer by making butter. Make your own pioneer toy and play pioneer games. Create a cornhusk doll as unique as you are. Wash clothes the old-fashioned way. Make your own candle. Watch as a loom creates works of art. See a printmaker Artist-in-Residence in action on all three days from 1-3 p.m., and learn how to make prints yourself using potatoes. Kids can even add their prints to our potato-print mural!
In addition to the living history and art activities, the monument will offer a unique special program each day. On Saturday, August 31, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. learn about Nebraska’s Grape & Wine Industry from University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Dr. Paul Read. Then on Sunday, September 1, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. watch expert basket weaver Patty Minge demonstrate her craft. Rounding out the weekend of activities will be the first time-ever visit by a cheese maker as Charuth Van Beuzekom turns milk into ricotta cheese on Monday, September 2, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Also, on Monday, September 2 at 2 p.m. come test your spelling prowess at the 4th Annual Old-Fashioned Spelling Bee at the Freeman School. Currently, the Freeman School is open daily from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. After Monday, September 2 the school will only be open upon request.
Did You Know?
During the height of the Homesteading era, Ellis Island was established to process the millions of people immigrating to America to acquire land. -- Homestead National Monument of America