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Indoor Activities

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Visitors explore the exhibits at the Heritage Center.
Homestead National Monument of America

Indoor Activities abound at Homestead National Monument of America.

A diverse, detailed and complete picture of homesteading and the Homestead Act are presented at the Homestead Heritage Center. This multipurpose facility brings the epic homestead story to life for visitors of all ages and demonstrates the true scope and importance of the Homestead Act of 1862. State-of-the-art exhibits present homesteading in an interactive setting. The award-winning film "Land of Dreams" is shown in the auditorium. The vista from the main balcony provides visitors with a view of the tallgrass prairie much like early pioneers would have seen from the hilltop.

The 1867 Palmer-Epard Cabin is located just outside the Heritage Center. Visitors are welcome to step inside to imagine what it would have been like to call such a cabin home on the prairie.

The Education Center hosts many visiting speakers, travelling exhibits, and special events throughout the year. The Education Center also houses a permanent display of 19th century and early 20th century farm implements.

The Freeman School serves as a reminder of the role the schoolhouse played in the history of settlement on the prairie.

Ask the National Park Ranger at the desk in either the Heritage Center or the Education Center about all the Indoor and Outdoor Activities available at Homestead National Monument of America.

Did You Know?

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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.