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National Park ServiceNews Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 4, 2013
Merrith Baughman 402-223-3514
Historian to Examine the Nebraska Territory and Civil War at
Homestead National Monument of America
Homestead National Monument of America is honored to host Historian James Potter onSeptember 15, 2013 at 1 p.m.in the Education Center for a special program that will examine the Nebraska Territory during the Civil War and the impacts of Reconstruction. Afterwards, Mr. Potter will be available to sign copies of his newest book,Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867. Do not miss this exceptional program as Mr. Potter offers a unique perspective of the development of Nebraska and its citizenry during wartime and post-war reconstruction.
The bitter struggle over the fate of the nation shaped Nebraska’s history in many ways, not only during the four-year conflict itself, but for decades to come. The Civil War had both negative and positive consequences for Nebraska and its people. While it continued, emigration to the territory slowed and statehood was delayed. Nevertheless, wartime decisions by President Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Congress, such as the 1862 Homestead and Pacific Railroad Acts, would benefit the new state’s rapid settlement and economic development in the postwar years. Union victory also brought the end of slavery, political and civil rights for the freedmen, and new relationships between the states and federal government, all of which had implications for Nebraska’s future.
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 (HomesteadNM).
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. Mondaythrough Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.SaturdayandSunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/
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