Summer Campfire Programs

Tales of True Homesteaders at
Homestead National Monument of America

Come and enjoy Tales of True Homesteaders around a campfire at Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center, Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 7 pm. Laureen Riedesel, storyteller extraordinaire, will share tales of her families homesteading experiences.

"In Sweden we walked, in America we ride" is a quote in the Homestead Heritage Center exhibit about immigrants. The true story of Karolina Mattson who said those words will be recounted by her great-granddaughter as she tells about the tragedies and joys of homesteading in 1880's Nebraska. Laureen Riedesel is the Director of the Beatrice Public Library. She is also a presenter for the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. Her library career began with a job that involved presenting 11 storytelling programs each week!

"Laureen's storytelling talent, combined with her personal connection to homesteaders, make her programs particularly compelling and engaging" said Superintendent Mark Engler.

You are invited to bring a favorite lawn chair and insect repellent. In case of inclement weather (including heat) the program will move into the Education Center.


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Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.

Last updated: July 25, 2015

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