The Meaning of Names Author Karen Gettert Shoemaker to Appear at Homestead National Monument of America

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Date: September 22, 2016

 Family History Month will be celebrated at Homestead National Monument of America on Sunday, October 16, 2016 with a presentation by Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of the historical novel The Meaning of Names. This event will begin at 2 the Education Center, and the author will read from her novel and discuss how she uses family stories and historic research in her work. She will lead a discussion about the changing society in America in the early 1900's, including the experiences of immigrants and first-generation Americans.The Meaning of Names will be sold through the Homestead Bookstore, with an author signing session to follow the book discussion.

Shoemaker is a writer of fiction and poetry as well as a teacher, and she serves as a faculty mentor for the University of Nebraska's MFA in Writing Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has taught literature and writing at both the Lincoln and Omaha campuses of the University of Nebraska. Her novel The Meaning of Names takes place in Nebraska, in a small town at the eastern edge of the Sandhills and focuses on a family of six living in the World War I era.

"We hope that this program will help people of all ages who are interested in preserving their family history," stated Superintendent Mark Engler. "We are excited to have Karen Gettert Shoemaker share her story of writing this novel, and we think it will give other people the tools to help them preserve their own family's story."

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 (HomesteadNM).

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-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.on weekends. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit

Last updated: September 23, 2016

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