The Homestead National Monument of America will mark some important historical events with a host of activities the final weekend of this year.
Monument superintendent Mark Engler says events on Sunday will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and the first application for a homestead.
A Civil War band from Colorado will be performing at the monument. Engler says Dr. Ken Winkle’s program will focus on President Abraham Lincoln. The noted scholar has written several books on Lincoln.
Historian Darrel Draper will portray Daniel Freeman, the first homesteader. Engler says the Emanicipation Proclamation is aligned with this year’s 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act, which was observed in May.
Engler says Daniel Freeman signed for the first Homestead in the community of Brownville.
The featured programs at the Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center will be at 1 p-m, 2:30 p-m and 4 p-m on Sunday, December 30th. There is no charge for any of the events.
Engler says the monument is wrapping up a very active year of marking historically significant events. The monument drew more than 100,000 visitors this year, a first in its history.
The national monument is located about four miles west of Beatrice along Nebraska Highway Four.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice