With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and freed slaves flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement—building our nation and changing the land forever. Read More
FREE LAND was the cry!
Total Solar Eclipse at Homestead
Experience totality at Homestead! Check out the latest in Eclipse programs and presentations from August 19-21, 2017.
Eclipse Photography Workshop
Learn how to safely photograph a solar eclipse with photographer Brad Goetsch.
A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view.
Middle and High School Students & NASA
Join us at Homestead August 18th for an informative educational opportunity with NASA!
Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass!
Fourth graders can earn a free pass to visit public lands with their families! Complete a fun activity to get your pass and start exploring!
5 State's Homestead Records Go Digital
Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, and Ohio Homestead Records have been digitized and are available online. Over 30 Million Pages!
Homestead Prairie Webcam!
A view of the oldest restored tallgrass prairie in the National Park Service located at Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice
Last updated: July 20, 2017