FREE LAND was the Cry!

The Homestead Act of 1862 transformed the world. Millions were invited to file claims including, families, immigrants, single women, and freed slaves. Over 10 percent of the United States was homesteaded! The land, long inhabited by American Indian cultures, changed forever. Homesteaders created settlements and farms, drove industrial advancement, and built our nation chasing the American Dream. Read More

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Bat Study at Homestead

Check out this fascinating study about bat life at Homestead.

Women, the West, and Suffrage

Women Homesteaders and Suffrage

Learn how women homesteaders helped changed the course of history.

A lego ranger in front of the historic cabin at Homestead.

Activities for Kids

Learn about kids activities at the park including Junior Ranger books and online activities!

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Explore Three Miles of Trails

Social distance, connect with nature, and get some exercise. The trails through tallgrass prairie and Burr Oak woodland are here for you.

Learn about the distance learning connections and field trips at Homestead.

Curriculum for all ages at Homestead

Learn about online and distance learning opportunities available through Homestead National Monument!

Videos and Podcasts

Videos and Podcasts

Homesteading America video vignettes and more.

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Barn Quilt Quest

Utilize this interactive map to locate Barn Quilt locations across southeast Nebraska.

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Study Focuses on Black Homesteading

Fascinating New Study! Discover the stories of Black homesteader colonies. Check back often as we update our website to share these stories.

Watch this video and learn how Latino homesteaders claimed free land under the Homestead Act of 1862

Latino homesteaders, a research focus.

Watch this video and learn how Latino Heritage Intern, Veronica Barreto, discovered fascinating facts about Latino homesteaders.

Artifacts in the museum collection related to Daniel Freeman

Museum Collection

The museum collection includes historical items, archaeological artifacts, biological specimens, and archival records.

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Explore Homestead's natural areas

The natural areas at Homestead offer a window to the past, a place for exploration and reflection.

10 State's Homestead Records Now Online.

Access Homestead Records!

Continue your research! Access Homestead Land Record case files today.

Last updated: October 28, 2020

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