FREE LAND was the cry!

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

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Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

The 2019 Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival will be held at the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center on Saturday, May 25.

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New Research into Black Homesteading

The National Park Service and the University of Nebraska are partnering to discover the stories of Black homesteader colonies.

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Explore the Sky Day AND Night

John and Brenda Nejedlo of GeoAstroRV will be at Homestead National Monument of America April 30-May 28 giving daily astronomy programs.

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

Educational Opportunities at Homestead

Learn about the field trip and distance learning opportunities available through Homestead National Monument!

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The Last Homesteader's Tractor

Ken Deardoff's tractor has been recovered from the wild's of Alaska and is on permanent display at Homestead National Monument of America.

10 State's Homestead Records Now Online.

Access Digitized Homestead Records!

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

Last updated: May 3, 2019

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