die singenden wanderers German Singers perform for Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures at Homestead National Monument of America

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Date: November 16, 2015

Enjoy the melodies and high energy musical antics of "die singenden wanderers" German-American men's choir from the German-American Society in Omaha on November 29, 2015 at 2 p.m.at the Homestead's Education Center. The group will sing in both German and English. They have a lively repertoire of music and will get the audience involved.

This group of men performs at the German-American Society in Omaha events and tour groups that come through the Omaha area. They also compete in contests in Germany. They are very talented and make their concerts a lot of fun, with antics that involve the audience. "We are very excited to have this group back for the Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures. We often get requests for them and know the public will have a great time" stated Superintendent Mark Engler.

See sparkling decorations from many countries showcasing ethnic traditions at both the Education Center and Heritage Center at Homestead National Monument of America, from November 27, 2015 through January 4, 2016. The Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures features the winter traditions of people who lived on the Great Plains during the homesteading era. Decorated trees and tabletop displays feature ornaments and hand-made crafts that reflect the spirit of hope, humor, traditions, and generosity which characterized settlers of the West. Cultures represented include Czech, French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh.

In addition to the displays, there will be more special programs presented onDecember 6 and 13, 2015. These include:

December 6          "Old Fashioned Holiday" with a special performance by the United Centenary Adult Bell Choir at 2 p.m. (Heritage Center) Come make holiday ornaments featuring several different cultures and help decorate the large tree in the Heritage Center, plus take a few home for your own tree. 

December 13        "A Lantern in Her Hand" by Lora Black 2 p.m. (Heritage Center) Lora Black, from Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, will do a reading from the Bess Streeter Aldrich's book "A Lantern in Her Hand", featuring the story of the winter barrel homesteaders received with vital items to survive the winter and make the holidays better. After the reading, make a rag doll similar to the one in the story with the Homestead volunteers.

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 or 45 miles south of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.SaturdayandSunday. The park buildings will be closed on November 26December 25 and January 1, but the trails will be open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.

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Last updated: November 17, 2015

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