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Last updated 12:43PM ET
April 21, 2021
Nebraska News
Nebraska News
Homestead National Monument opens new visitors center
(NET Radio) - The Homestead National Monument's new visitors' center opens this weekend in southeast Nebraska. In addition to seeing the new building and displays at the center near Beatrice, visitors can also hear the stories of living homesteaders. Monument historian Todd Arrington says the Homestead Act remained law until 1986.

There are hundreds of living homesteaders out there still in Alaska, in the southwest and other parts of the country, and to talk to those people and to hear some of the stories that they tell about the way they lived in the 1970's and 80's, about having to go 3 miles to water, not having electricity or / indoor plumbing on their claims, things that we just take for granted

Part of the story of homesteading is often untold - how Native Americans were displaced by settlers. But at Gerard Baker, a Hidatsa (hih-DAHT-sah) Sioux, will speak on the Homestead Act from a native perspective at a University of Nebraska Lincoln Symposium. Baker is the Superintendent of Mt. Rushmore National Monument. His keynote address takes place tomorrow afternoon (Friday) at the UNL student union in downtown Lincoln. For schedules of both the UNL symposium and Sunday's activities at the Homestead National Monument, visit our website:

Click here for a schedule of the UNL Symposium, and click here for a schedule of events at Homestead National Monument on Sunday, May 20.
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