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Come and meet members of the Kilcher family during Homestead Days 2016 at Homestead National Monument of America on June 18 and 19 from 1-3 p.m.at the Homestead Education Center. The Kilcher family is featured on the Discovery Channel's show "Alaska: The Last Frontier". The show focuses on the two Kilcher brothers experiences as homesteaders –come to Homestead to hear from 5 of the 6 sisters and learn "the rest of the story".Family members visiting Homestead for Homestead Days 2016 include: Catkin Burton, Fay Graham, Anna Graham, Mossy Kilcher, Sunrise Sjoeberg, Stellavera Kilcher, Charlotte Adamson, Otto Kilcher, Eivin Kilcher, and Shane Kilcher.
This year marks the Centennial of the National Park Service and as part of this National celebration, we welcome the Kilcher Family to this fun family event. The Kilchers will discuss life on an Alaska homestead and take questions from the public on June 18-19, 2016 at 1 p.m. both days at the Education Center. Come hear stories from them and other members of the family.
The Kilcher parents moved to Alaska in 1940 in search of the perfect place to raise a family and create a community. Yule Kilcher documented their homesteading experience with color film footage and the whole family traveled around Europe showing the film and promoting homesteading in Alaska. An interesting note is that while the family was traveling and promoting their film, the children were taking correspondence courses from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Yule also was one of the writers of the Alaska Constitution.
"This is a family with a lot of history and full of stories and fun. We are excited to have them join Homestead Days as part of the National Park Service Centennial celebration." stated Superintendent Mark Engler.
There is an exciting line up of music and dance during Homestead Days at Homestead National Monument of America. This program is partially funded by the Hevelone Foundation and Humanities Nebraska, a non-profit organization cultivating an understanding of our history and culture with additional funding from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2016. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.daily through Labor Day weekend. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.