Spend Memorial Day Weekend Enjoying the Arts at Homestead National Monument of America!

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Date: May 18, 2016

Homestead National Monument of America will be a great place to spend time listening to amazing music and learning about amazing art over Memorial Day Weekend. Entrance to the park is FREE and participation in the events is FREE!

Saturday, May 28, 2016 spend the day surrounded by music at the Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival! This FREE event takes place at the Education Center and starts at 10 a.m. with a fiddle workshop, followed by a harmonica workshop at 11 a.m.Then from 12 noon to 5 p.m.you are invited to compete in, or simply enjoy, an amazing competition of fiddlers of all levels. Participants in the Junior, Senior, Legends, and Acoustic Bands divisions will be competing for to $3,350 in award monies, along with a chance at a new violin! There will also be a Tune Writing Competition, and the best left-handed fiddler and the youngest fiddler will be recognized. Food will be available for purchase from Back Alley Eatery. This event is made possible by generous donations from the Coffin Family Foundation, Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Sunday, May 29, 2016, at 2 p.m.learn about an unusual art form with tape artist Chad Farnes at the Education Center. Mr. Farnes will talk about and demonstration on his chosen medium - duct tape! His art work,National Parks in Duct Tape, is currently on exhibit at Homestead's Education Center through the end of May. It features amazing landscape pictures and portraits made from duct tape. 

Memorial Day Weekend is also be a great time to become a Junior Ranger for Homestead! Junior Ranger booklets will be available to help guide your family exploration of the park and earn a cool Junior Ranger badge! And to help celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service, you are invited to become a Centennial Junior Ranger. Complete 5 –10 activities in the Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Book and earn a special, wooden Centennial Junior Ranger badge!

No trip to Homestead National Monument of America would be complete without a visit to the National Homesteading Museum at the Heritage Center. The museum features interactive exhibits on the history and impact of the Homestead Act of 1862, including the award winning video Land of Dreams. Do you have ancestors who homesteaded? Look up their names on the Homestead Land Records Computers at the Heritage Center.

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. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm 

Last updated: May 3, 2018

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