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Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514
See artisans creating beautiful and unique traditional crafts at Homestead National Monument of America during Homestead Days on June 17-19, 2011. Traditional craft demonstrators will be on hand from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Most of these demonstrations will take place at the Education Center, but activities will be offered throughout the park. In celebration of Homestead’s 75th Anniversary as a National Monument, this year’s theme is Homestead Days 1936. Look for demonstrations of farm equipment from the Dust Bowl Era.
See new demonstrations such as making feather brushes for cooking, mechanized spinning, and making felt material with wool and rocks. Also, enjoy other demonstrations such as broom and rope making along with chair caning. Watch china painting and Ukrainian egg decorating. Learn quilting, knitting, tatting, and see a treadle sewing machine in action along with how to spin wool. Visit the millinery with clothes from the Civil War era. Attend live demonstrations of horse teams mowing the prairie and antique farming equipment on display with tractors from the 1930s and 1940s.
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 Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. The visitor centers' current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the weekends. As of May 28, summer hours will begin, hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit www.nps.gov/home.