150th Commemorative Events Across the Nation

Is your organization or community having a special event in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act? Register for your link to be accessed on Homestead's website!


BLM Eastern States Office
Commemorating 200 Years Of the General Land Office
April 25, 2012
Springfield, VA

Join BLM Director Bob Abbey and the employees of the BLM Eastern States Office for an event commemorating the creation of the General Land Office 200 years ago, on April 25, 2012. This event will include tours of the vaults where millions of land records are stored, as well as the modern facility that scans and preserves the documents.


Beatrice Art Guild Spring Show

Beatrice, NE at the Creative Arts Center (6th and Court Street)

Friday, April 27-Sunday April 29, 2012

The public is invited to this spring art show, featuring vintage quilts from the Homesteading era, historic photographs including one by Solomon Butcher, original art, pottery and glass.

For more information, click here....

quilt center

International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE

What's in a Name? Inscribed Quilts exhibition
January 13- September 23, 2012:

The exhibition What's in a Name: Inscribed Quilts includes a colorful 1930s Star Quilt inscribed with names of family and friends of the maker Ina Campbell Poulson of Crofton, Nebraska. Ina Campbell was born in New York in 1876 to Nelson Gerard and Ann Elizabeth Campbell. Shortly after her birth, the family moved West, claiming a homestead near Herrick, Knox County, Nebraska. Ina grew up in Nebraska, where as a young woman she taught school.


Beatrice Public Library
Click here to find out what events they are planning to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act.

Valley Center
Valley Center History Museum

Valley Center History Museum
Valley Center, California

Valley Center, originally known as Bear Valley, was settled shortly after President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862, and will be hosting a variety of events to commemorate the sesquicentennial.

Oregon Trail Center

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Baker City, Oregon

The impact and legacy of homesteading will be commemorated in a special exhibit and several programs at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (NHOTIC).

Sheldon Art Museum

Sheldon Museum of Art
Exhibit "Railroads and the Making of Modern America"
Lincoln, NE

Date(s): January 20, 2012 thru May 27, 2012

Railroads and the Making of Modern America features fifty works from the Sheldon Museum of Art's permanent collection-as well as a handful of local loans-and examines the ways artists captured and shaped the modern ideas and practices made possible by the railroad, emphasizing the broader cross-border movements and their global consequences.

Los Alamos

Los Alamos Historical Society
Los Alamos Homestead Tour

More than 30 homesteads were established between the 1880s and 1942 in the Los Alamos region of New Mexico. Today, the stories of some of these families are told in a tour.

By May 18, 2012, historic markers will be available for viewing at the seven sites throughout the county, each placed near the original homestead it represents.


Nebraska History Museum
Upcoming Exhibit: "Quilting on the Frontier: Celebrating 150 Years of the Homestead Act"

Dates: November 5, 2012-April 14, 2013

blue rapids photo

Blue Rapids Historical Society
Blue Rapids, Kansas
Special exhibit about Homesteading opening May 1, 2012


Bigfork Museum of Art & History
Bigfork, Montana

The Bigfork Museum of Art and History will present an April exhibit entitled "Homesteading and Beyond: A Peek at Rural Montana Life from 1900-1930".


South Dakota State Historical Society
Pierre, South Dakota

The South Dakota State Historical Society is commemorating the 150th Anniversary with three displays in the South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center
Fort Benton, Montana

This interpretive center is commemorating this landmark legislation during the month of June.


Last updated: April 10, 2015

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