Film Festival Features Ken Burns - The West

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Date: December 19, 2014

And now, for the feature presentation! Join us for the Homestead Film Festival each weekend in January and February 2015 at the Education Center at Homestead National Monument of America. This year will feature Ken Burns' "The West," with nine episodes over nine weekends. Beginning Saturday and Sunday, January 3 and 4 at 2:00 p.m., with Episode 1, "The People," see a different episode each weekend until March 1.

This masterpiece is a nine-part examination of all things "West," from the prehistoric through 1914. It shares all aspects of Westward Expansion in an epic saga of America's most turbulent region. The film brings the West to life, overturning old stereotypes, discovering new personalities, and exploring countless triumphs and tragedies.

"This series captures the enormous and complex story of Westward Expansion. Homesteading played a significant part in that story—in how the West became what it is today. We look forward to sharing this powerful film with all of you," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.

Film Festival Schedule: 2:00 p.m. each day
January 3 &4—Episode 1: The People
January 10 &11—Episode 2: Empire Upon the Trails
January 17 &18—Episode 3: The Speck of the Future
January 24 &25—Episode 4: Death Runs Riot
January 31 &February 1—Episode 5: The Grandest Enterprise Under God
February 7 &8—Episode 6: Fight No More Forever
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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