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BEATRICE, Neb. – This week, the National Park Getaway series takes you to Homestead National Monument of America, where the glass "blade" of the Homestead Heritage Center, built to evoke a plow, seems to slice through the lush grasses of the prairie.
The Heritage Center, however, proves more intellectually stimulating than farm equipment. Interactive displays and an award-winning film cultivate visitors’ minds with knowledge of homesteading, a distinctly American phenomenon that contributed to the settlement of 30 states. This week’s Getaway article sheds more light on the Homestead Act and on the national park that commemorates it and its legacy. Visit www.nps.gov/getaways to learn more about the nation’s expansion and the opportunities to sample history, explore nature, and have some toe-tapping fun.
"Homestead National Monument of America has so much to offer visitors, from its world class Heritage Center, to lifetime learning opportunities at the new Education Center, to truly unique experiences like going back in time at the Freeman School and hiking through tallgrass prairie. We hope you will come to be surprised by all you can see and do at the monument," Superintendent Mark Engler said.
Homestead is the 46th national park featured in the Getaways series. At www.nps.gov/getaways , check out previous articles. Each week’s Getaway introduces you to a place to reconnect with nature, history, family, and friends.
Connect with your forbears and, to modify a phrase from Horace Greeley, go west (or east, north, or south, depending on where, in our now-mostly-settled land you stake your claim) to Homestead National Monument and see how the country grew up.