Explore Historical Novels with Artist-in-Residence

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Date: September 23, 2013


National Park ServiceNews Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –September 23, 2013

Merrith Baughman 402-223-3514

Explore Historical Novels with Artist-in-Residence

Dig into historical novels with Homestead National Monument Artist-in-Residence Michael Kula! Kula, an author and writing studies professor from Tacoma, Washington, has been living and working at the monument September 14 - September 29. He has been spending his residency completing his novel manuscript,The Good Doctor,which features the themes of homesteading and agricultural revolution.Join him onSaturday, September 28 at 2 p.m.at the Heritage Center for a reading of his work, including writing done during his stay at the monument. He will also share some background on his writing process and on the true story that he transformed into a work of historical fiction. There is no fee or registration necessary.

The Good Doctoris a historical novel based on the true story of Dr. David Roberts, a world famous cattle veterinarian at the start of the twentieth century, as he struggles with the rapidly changing nature of the nation’s agricultural system. The novel also explores the experiences of Dr. Roberts’ father, who was a homesteader in the upper Great Lakes Region. Kula makes a point of depicting the historical time periods and societal issues of those times as authentically as possible, and says he “can think of no better way to infuse this final revision with an atmosphere appropriate for the era than by completing the revisions while in residence with this park.” The story also includes dramatic plot twists like love and murder! All who are drawn to intrigue, writing, history, or agriculture should not miss this special program!

This is the monument’s fifth year of the Artist-in-Residence program, and Kula is the fifth to arrive of six who were selected this year.

"We are pleased to welcome this unique Artist-in-Residence to the monument. This historical author will provide a powerful, personal perspective on the stories of homesteading and agricultural change," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2013. 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, 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. Saturday and Sunday. 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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