Quilt Commemorating 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act on Display at Homestead National Monument of America
Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514
Homestead National Monument of America and the Nebraska State Quilt Guild are excited to announce the winner of the state-wide quilt design contest "Images of Homesteading", Jan Stehlik, from Dorchester, NE. Her wonderful piece of art will be on display in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862. This hand-quilted soon-to-be piece of history will be completed by Nebraska State Quilt Guild and Homestead Quilting Club members at the Homestead's Education Center. The quilt will then be placed on display at Homestead National Monument of America.
"This particular quilt will honor all of the homesteaders who established the pioneer part of our country, and expressed themselves through quilting." stated Monument Superintendent Mark Engler.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for the wonderful wrap-up of 2011 and the exciting 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act in 2012.Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America). For information on the monument's programs or activities, please call (402)-223-3514 or visit www.nps.gov/home.
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm. The monument is closed at noon on December 24, December 25 and January 1.
Did You Know?
Under the Homestead Act, 270 million acres of land, or 10% of the nation, was given away. The only monetary payment for each 160 acre claim was an $18 filing fee. -- Homestead National Monument of America More...