Black History Month Celebrated in the Homestead Film Festival

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Date: February 11, 2015

Experience more of "The West" by Ken Burns at Homestead National Monument of America's Film Festival. Next up is Episode 7: "The Geography of Hope" at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, 2015 at the Education Center.  

This episode focuses on newcomers arriving by the millions, bringing a new spirit of conformity to the West.With racial discrimination on the rise in the post-Reconstruction South, an estimated 40,000 African Americans begin to migrate from the former slave states into Kansas; Indian children are taught to forsake their heritage; Mormons are told to abandon a tenet of their faith; and new laws deny Chinese and Mexican Americans a place in society. Yet the legend of the "Wild West" lives on, thanks to the greatest showman of the age.

 "This film shines a spotlight on the ways different cultures experienced the West," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.

Film Festival Schedule:2:00 p.m.each day
February 14 &15—Episode 7: The Geography of Hope
February 21 &22—Episode 8: Ghost Dance
February 28 &March 1—Episode 9: One Sky Above Us

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit


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Last updated: April 10, 2015

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