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National Park ServiceNews Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 10, 2014
Tina Miller 402-223-3514
Travel Down the Road to Valhalla with a Special Film Premiere
This year's Homestead Film Festival at Homestead National Monument of America continues! An exciting special premiere of Road to Valhalla will be shown on Saturday, February 15. In addition to seeing this new documentary, meet the filmmakers who will be guests at the premiere!
Long after the Civil War, Confederate veteran Barry Benson said that if the veterans did not all rejoin on earth, then maybe one day in Valhalla, a Norse mythological warrior's heaven. Road to Valhalla tells the story of the War in the West, especially the Kansas-Missouri Border War, and the contributions made to restore the region and the nation. The eruption of the Civil War in 1861 came as a shock to many Americans, but not to the people of the Kansas-Missouri border. They had been at war since 1854, fighting to determine whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Kansas entered the Union as a free state in January of 1861, while the southern states were seceding. Over the next four years, the border war would escalate until it became difficult to tell friend from foe and many had even forgotten the source of the disagreement. Battles, irregular warfare, forced evacuations, and the largest civilian massacre on a city characterized this challenging period. The conflict ended, the Union was restored, and former enemies became neighbors again.
"We look forward to hosting a special premiere of this unique and important film. It tells the story of an incredible, terrible conflict in our nation's history, yet also a story of powerful reunion," stated Acting Superintendent Sue Bruns.
There is no cost or ticket necessary to attend the Film Festival, so bring the whole family and enjoy the show! Our last remaining Film is Dr. Seuss's The Loraxon Saturdayand Sunday, February 22 & 23. This is the full length motion picture released in 2012.
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2014. 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 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/
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