Labor Day Weekend Features Three Days and Three Great Events

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Date: August 10, 2016

 Living History Activities, vintage cars and a spelling bee make for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend at Homestead National Monument of America! The event will kick off on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10 am –4 pm with visitors getting to see living history and try their hand at homesteading skills at the Homestead Heritage and Education Centers.

The fun continues onSunday, September 4with a Cars of the Homestead Era Car Show at the Heritage Center from10 am –4 pm. Cars built while homesteading was in effect will be on display. Bring yours! The Homestead Act of 1862 lasted until 1976 in the lower 48 states and 1986 in Alaska.

On Monday, September 5, the annual Old-Fashioned Spelling Bee takes place at the Freeman School from 10 am- noon. Winners will receive trophies and all youth entries will also receive a certificate. The event is sponsored by Homestead National Monument of America and the Beatrice Daily Sun. All spelling words were in use before 1936. From 1 –4 pm try some school yard games and practice "the 3 R's", reading, writing, and arithmetic.

"Labor Day living history activities at Homestead are a great way enjoy the long weekend. There is something for every age and interest," said Superintendent Mark Engler. "I also want to thank the volunteers that help us make this a great event," added Engler.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2016. 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, Nebraska, and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.daily through Labor Day. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit

Last updated: May 3, 2018

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