Lora Black From NETRadio shares a Pioneer Christmas Story During the Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures at Homestead National Monument of America

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Date: November 23, 2015

Lora Black from NETRadio will be reading from Bess Streeter Aldrich’s Book,A Lantern In Her Hand, on December 13, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Homestead National Monument of America’s Heritage Center. The stories describe the winter barrel’s arrival and Christmas on the open plains. Following the readings, volunteers will assist children of all ages in making a rag doll like the one in the story.

 Lora Black has worked at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications for 24 years. She started out on weekend mornings and now is the host of Afternoon Concert and Classics by Request. Black recorded stories from Bess Streeter Aldrich’s Journey Into Christmas several years ago.  “We are excited for Lora Black’s return to this event. Sharing Christmas stories is a wonderful way to spend time together over the holidays.” stated Superintendent Mark Engler. 

See sparkling decorations from many countries showcasing ethnic traditions at both the Education Center and Heritage Centers at Homestead National Monument of America, from November 27, 2015 through January 4, 2016. The Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures features the winter traditions of people who lived on the Great Plains during the homesteading era. Decorated trees and tabletop displays feature ornaments and hand-made crafts that reflect the spirit of hope, humor, traditions, and generosity which characterized settlers of the West. Cultures represented include Czech, French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh.

 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 or 45 miles south of Lincoln, Nebraska. 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. The park buildings will be closed on November 26December 24 at 1 p.m. through December 25(reopen on December 26 at 9 a.m.) and January 1, but the trails will be open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.


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Last updated: November 23, 2015

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