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Experience the spirit of frontier Nebraska by visiting the Velma Armstrong Homestead Collection on display January through April 2016, at Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center. Velma Armstrong's Homestead Collection includes 10 paintings of Nebraska frontier life that were inspired by her parent's experiences and recollections as homesteaders in the late nineteenth century. Her paintings depict pastoral imagery, agricultural scenes, and the interior lives of early settlers.
Velma Armstrong was a Nebraska native from near Diller, Nebraska, living from 1913 to 2006. She grew up on a successful homestead before moving to Beatrice, Nebraska to teach, raise a family, and practice her art. She gained regional notoriety in the 1950s for her paintings of frontier life. Homestead National Monument of America acquired the collection in 1961 in preparation for the Homestead Act Centennial and grand opening of a new park visitor center in 1962. From 1962 to 2007, the works by the Nebraskan artist were enjoyed by hundreds of thousands visiting the park. This is the first time the works have been on public display since 2010.
"We hope, for some of you, these paintings will bring back pleasant memories of previous visits to Homestead National Monument of America" stated Superintendent Mark 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), 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, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturdayand Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/
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