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Homestead National Monument of America has completed a rehabilitation project on the Freeman School that included removal and replacement of the floor boards. The brick, one-room schoolhouse, one of the oldest in Nebraska, is now again open to visitors.
The historic Freeman School sits on its original site in Section 22, Township 4, Range 5. Built in 1871, the school became part of Homestead National Monument of America in 1970. The school was then restored to the 1880-1890s period. This involved replacement of worn and damaged bricks and extensive structural stabilization. Authentic materials were used when possible and work was modeled after the craftsmanship of the original pioneer builders.
"The restoration of the flooring improves visitor safety and experience" said Superintendent Mark Engler.
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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 are8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.daily. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/
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