Thing to Do

Watch Land of Dreams Film

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“Land of Dreams — Homesteading America” is a 23 minute film that can be seen at the Heritage Center. The film uses personal interviews of American Indians, homesteaders and their descendants to weave together the memories of hope and frustration, defeat, and success.

Through these accounts, the history of homesteading becomes tangible, leaping out of textbooks and engaging new generations with the stories of the people who built much of our country with their dreams and fortitude.

Land of Dreams is available on DVD at the Eastern National gift shops at Homestead National Historical Park.


The film produced and directed by Chuck Dunkerly of the National Park Service's Center for Media Services in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia chronicles the great changes brought about by the passage and implementation of the Homestead Act. The Homestead Act transferred from the public domain to private ownership over 270 million acres of land in 30 states between 1863 and 1986.

The following partners provided generous financial assistance to Homestead National Monument and allowed Land of Dreams: Homesteading America to become a truly top-notch state-of-the-art production:

  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • First National Bank Beatrice,
  • Pinnacle Bank.

The National Park Service and Homestead National Monument of America gratefully acknowledge and salute these outstanding partners.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
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Captions are displayed below the screen during the film. Audio description devices are availble upon request.

Homestead National Historical Park

Last updated: February 27, 2021