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Beatrice High School will be the place to be onFebruary 10, 2015for the launch of the Homestead Quarter! From9 a.m. to nooneveryone is invited to be a part of the program which will end with the public's first opportunity to get a Homestead Quarter.
Each time a quarter in the America the Beautiful Quarters®Program series is released a special launch event is planned. The launch of the Homestead quarter is no different. Seating will open at9 a.m.when the audience will be treated to performances by the Big Red Singers from the University of Nebraska, and Beatrice High School's band and Chamber choir.
At10 a.m.the Quarter Launch Ceremony will officially begin with a welcome from co-emcees Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth and Beatrice High School Junior Dylan George. Mike Wolfe, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will give an American Indian Blessing. Following remarks by Superintendent Mark Engler, Acting Midwest Regional Director Patty Trap, and County Supervisor Myron Dorn, the Beatrice High School Chamber Choir will perform "Home on the Range." This will be followed by remarks from a number of dignitaries or their representatives. The Big Red Singers will also perform in this part of the program.
The program will conclude with a Quarter launch video, remarks by Lt. Governor Mike Foley, and a special presentation and Coin Pour by Dave Croft from the United States Mint. The Coin Pour is just what it sounds like, new quarters being poured from/into something that represents the site on the quarter. The Beatrice High School industrial arts students have been building the quarter pour mechanism for Homestead and are excited to share it with the state.
Following the launch ceremony, the Quarter Exchange will take place at Beatrice High School from11 a.m. to noon. Rolls of Homestead quarters will be available for exchange - 1 roll ($10) minimum, 10 rolls ($100) maximum, bills only. The Quarter Exchange will continue in the afternoon from1-4 p.m., at the Education Center at Homestead National Monument of America. Refreshments and special programing will take place during the afternoon at the monument.
"We want to make this quarter launch special for all attending. In addition to the students from Beatrice High School and many surrounding schools, we have floor seating for the general public. We want everyone to have a chance to be a part of this historic event," said Mark Engler, Superintendent. In addition to the high school parking lot, parking will also be available at SHOPKO Hometown and the Orange Bowl Bowling Alley. Shuttle busses will pick up guests from these locations and deliver them to the front door of the high school. Shuttle busses will begin running at8:45 a.m.and will be available to return guests to their vehicles untilnoon.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2015. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).
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 are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and9 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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