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!
Prairie Visions Writing Festival
Students in grades 9 through 12 are invited! Reservations must be made by September 27, 2017.
2017 Total Solar Eclipse Merchandise
Eclipse merchandise can be purchased throughout the Eastern National bookstores at Homestead National Monument.
New Addition to Homestead Legacy Banners
Over the entire 124-year history of the Homestead Act, four million people filed for 160-acre parcels of the public domain.
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: September 11, 2017