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Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514
Homestead National Monument of America celebrates 75 years as a National Park Service unit with exciting presentations to take you back to the 1930’s. This year’s programs kick off on Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m. with a Fashion Show featuring clothes from the 1930’s. Sue McClain from Yesterday’s Lady located in Beatrice will emcee the event. She will discuss the clothing and styles from that period. Those attending will get an up close look at the clothing as well as have an opportunity to ask questions.
Also on Friday at 2 p.m., Dr. Robert Cherny from San Francisco State University (SFSU) will present a program titled, “The Homestead Act and American Politics”. Dr. Cherny is a professor of History at SFSU. He has written and co-authored numerous books, textbooks, articles and essays. He will speak about the impact that the Homestead Act had on American politics. If you miss his presentation on Friday, he will be presenting again on Sunday, June 19 at 1 p.m.
Rounding out the Monument’s speaker line up will be David Landis portraying Nebraska Senator George Norris; considered to be one of the most powerful senators in United States History. His presentation, “Senator George Norris and the Founding of Homestead National Monument” can be seen on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. His presentation will focus on this dynamic senator’s life and his efforts to create Homestead National Monument of America.
This event is partially funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2011. 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 System located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska on State Highway 4. The visitor centers’ hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. Admission is free of charge. Please call 402-223-3514 or visit www.nps.gov/home for more information.