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Across the land you see in this image lies a story spanned in detail. The story hasn’t an end, but I’ll share a wink of a moment. A man laid claim of it, 160 acres. The very first claim of it’s kind January 1 of 1863. Do you see the farm he saw?................................ #Homestead #Farm #Land #Story #FindYourPark #History #PictureThis #change #greatoutdoors #nationalparkservice #nps #prairieview #visit #tourist #explore #travel #nofilter #instatravel #instagood
A sweeping change to the landscape happened after the Homestead Act of 1862 went into effect. Within two decades agricultural areas dominated the once vast prairie landscape. The complexity of this impact one can ruminate over for some time. The flowers in our restored tallgrass prairie speak to the diversity of beauty this landscape provides - and this bloom’n prairie is only just getting started! ......................................... #TallgrassPrairie #Flower #FindYourPark #optoutside #nationalpark #nps #wildlife #greatoutdoors #walk #hike #travel #traveler #prairie #Midwest #Nebraska #Homestead #videooftheday #restoration #plants #tourist
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The children of the first homesteaders might have played jacks and ate homemade lunches out of old tobacco tins, while the last homesteader kids might have played Duck Hunt on Nintendo and ate Happy Meals ................................ #Homestead #History #FindYourPark #GoParks #Museum #NationalParkService #NPS #Kids #didyouknow #tourism #travel #instatravel #picoftheday
This next generation of Catbirds are hungry. Nature at Homestead is abundant. The forest and tallgrass prairie are alive with butterflies, budding flowers, and the youth of many furry friends. This time of year if you spot raccoons or opossums out during the day - chances are their babies are exploring. #FindYourPark #OptOutside #Summer #birds #naturelovers #nationalpark #wander #instatravel
Listen close bird nerds! How many different birds to do you hear? Can you name them? Can you go one step farther and describe their calls for someone who can't hear them? Stay tuned to the comments as we discover who was calling near Cub Creek this morning! Hint: One of their songs is a rapid, rolling series of rattles and trills culminating in a descending series of bubbling liquid trills. . . . . #FindYourPark #OptOutside #NationalParkService #GoParks #BirdNerd #Bird #BirdCalls #Discover #Landscape #Nature #NPS #NationalPark #VideooftheDay #greatoutdoors #Nebraska #Midwest #wildlife #birding
The Palmer-Epard Cabin was built by George Washington Palmer in 1867. His hatchet marks still visible on each log. Palmer's homestead was claimed 14 miles north of Homestead National Monument. He crafted his cabin as necessity, to shelter his family, to provide safety and comfort, a respite to the everyday struggles the family faced. His wife birthed 10 children there. For 27 years they called this place home until they sold it to the Epard family and moved off the homestead. Homestead National Monument acquired the cabin in the 1950's. It's story and structure preserved, to share with you. Put your hands on history, run your fingers over the hatchet marks, imagine.... . . . . #FindYourPark #NPS #NationalPark #Midwestnps #Nebraska #ArchiveCrafty #Cabin #Preservation #Story #Family #History #Travel #Traveler #Tourist #Tourism #Architecture #VideooftheDay #Walk #Hike #Explore #Learn #PictureYourself
Test Your Nest Knowledge! ......or egg case...... Anybody know who makes this nest? Hint: Up to 200 of these garden helpers may emerge! ..................................... #FindYourPark #NPS #OptOutside #GoParks #Garden #Homestead #wildlife #walk #hike #nature #tourist #walk #trail #greatoutdoors #themoreyouknow #picoftheday
The historic Freeman School is a one room school on it's original site and is loaded with fun facts about it. Some of these facts we know you ALREADY know! But there is much to be shared about this storied school. The one room schools really served as the heart of communities. Yes, education was key - but community gathering was every bit as important. The Freeman School stands as a story unto itself, yet it also represents the space where homestead communities would gather for celebration, or final goodbyes, to cast votes, or share a common interest. The one room schools served as a lifeline for many - quilting and book clubs, farmers gathering to learn about the next generation of equipment, or a box social to bring the community together in support of the school and for some, the only way to meet their future forever person. . . . . . #FindYourPark #OneRoomSchool #History #FunFacts #DidYouKnow #School #VideooftheDay #NationalParkService #NPS #Instagood #Travel #Traveling #Tourist #Tour #NationalPark
Did you know that each black walnut tree is grown with love? .....BUT there is a dark side to this walnut tree. Here’s a Homestead garden tip - Black Walnut trees contain juglone. Juglone is a toxic substance produced by the root system of a black walnut tree. It exudes from the roots, where it has the highest concentration, into the nearby soil around the tree. Juglone has the ability to kill many types of plants. Plants such as tomatoes, blueberries, blackberries, azaleas, apple trees, rhododendrons and potatoes cannot survive when juglone is present in the soil. Horse owners should never use walnut trees for sawdust or wood chip bedding as the juglone can cause reactions in the animal ...................................................... #FindYourPark #nationalpark #NPS #greatoutdoors #optoutside #garden #trees #planting #love #nature #walnut #homestead #horticulture #welovetrees #picoftheday #instatravel #instagood #heart #love #grow
Tucked between the twisted metal and barbed wire of a unique outdoor art installation at Homestead - the Easten Phoebe snacks on a seed as it drizzles a light refreshing rain ....................................................... @NationalParkService #FindYourPark @midwestnationalparks #pictureyourself #safeselfie #wildlifephotography #Nebraska #Wander #instatravel #bird #birdwatching #bioblitz #art #birdnerd #wildlife #nature #NPS #easternphoebe #greatoutdoors #picoftheday
| The Heritage Center at Homestead National Monument of America, which looks out over the 100 acres of restored prairie, was designed to suggest the shape of a plow breaking the land for farming. Other symbolic features of the building include the Living Wall, which is a representation of how much land was transferred to citizens from the public domain, and also the north wall inside the lobby, which is constructed to resemble the layers of sod found beneath the prairie. See these features for yourself on your next visit to Homestead National Monument of America! www.nps.gov/home | #HomesteadNM #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS100 #FunFact #FunFactFriday
| Have you explored the woodland loop at Homestead National Monument of America? This portion of the trail system at Homestead gives you a chance to step inside a rare ribbon of lowland burr oak forest that offered security to homesteaders in the form of resources that allowed for building a home, fence, fuel to burn, and animals to hunt. Come explore this area today! Stop into either visitor center to get a map of the trail system before heading out. | #Homesteading #HomesteadNM #FindYourPark #Trails #MidwestNationalParks #NationalParks #NPS101 #Homestead
| The first Ranger hats were soft felt hats similar to those worn by the U.S. Army and the Texas Rangers in the 1800's. They had creases in the front and back of the hat creating four dents that formed a peak, nicknamed the "Montana peak" because it resembled the glacier peaks of Montana. | #HomesteadNM #NPS101 #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS
| Informal stargazing in the park begins at 8:00 PM! Take a look at what you might find! 🌠 This photo was captured by our current Artist-in-Resident Alison Taggart. Alison will be leading a photo walk tomorrow at 3:00 PM beginning at the Heritage Center stage, come join! | #Eclipse2017 #NightSky #MilkyWay #HomesteadNM
| Hannah WHO? Hannah WHAT? Hannah Huston! Homestead National Monument of America is excited to announce the Grand Island native, soul-inspired vocalist @thehannahhuston will be joining us at the monument on Monday, August 21, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse! Hannah will be performing the National Anthem for the official welcome at the event. She will be available for autographs after her performance. Hannah auditioned for season ten (2016) of the U.S. singing competition The Voice, where she performed Allen Stone's "Unaware" for the show's coaches. Three of the four -- Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton -- wanted her for their teams. Huston selected Williams, and with his support, she reached the season's final four after performances of "Something's Got a Hold on Me" (Etta James), "Rolling in the Deep" (Adele), and "I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt) among other songs that were, for the most part, classic R&B ballads. Huston ultimately finished second runner up. Immediately after the finale, studio versions of the songs Huston performed throughout the season were gathered for release, and "Every Breath You Take," a dramatic cover of the Police's 1983 number one pop hit, reached the Billboard Hot 100. In late 2016, Huston released her first single “I Alone Have Loved You”, and was voted to perform the song live on season eleven of The Voice. Follow Hannah on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat! @theHannahHuston To learn more about Hannah and her career you can visit: hannahhuston.co | #Eclipse2017 #DarknessOverThePrairie #NationalParks #HomesteadNM
| The Palmer-Epard Cabin was built in 1867 from mixed hardwoods, by George W. Palmer about 14 miles northeast of Homestead National Monument. The cabin now sits behind the Homestead Heritage Center, and fills the need of an interpretive feature at the Monument, giving a glimpse of life on the homestead frontier in the years following the Civil War. The Homestead Heritage Center opened in 2007 and is designed to represent the Homestead Act of 1862 with its spectacular views and unique roof line resembling a single bottom plow moving through the sod. These buildings share the story of the Homestead Act. Standing in contrast, the Palmer-Epard cabin and the Homestead Heritage Center endure long days and nights on the prairie; just as a homesteader would, so that their stories can be heard. Visit www.nps.gov/home to learn more about the impacts left on the nation by the Homestead Act of 1862. #Homesteading #HomesteadNM #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101 #NationalParks #OptOutside #Landscape |
| Fun fact! Used as a means for fencing livestock, the basic design for barbed wire was introduced in 1868. As pioneers began making their own, different styles were showing up all over homesteads. In total, there were over 2,000 variations on over 500 barbed wire patents! | #NPS101 #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #HomesteadNM #HomesteadAct1862 #barbedwire
| "America's most famous tractor" makes a stop at Homestead National Monument of America on its way to the Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum, located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Once at UNL students with the Tractor Restoration Club will conduct conservation treatment work on this 1945 Allis Chalmers Model C Tractor that was used by the Nation's last Homesteader, Ken Deardorff. Homestead National Monument of America is grateful to the Friends of Homestead and Dr. C.T. Frerichs for providing the funds to rescue this American Treasure. Below is a photo of the Friends of Homestead Board of Directors standing behind the Allis Chalmers Tractor while it makes a temporary stop at the monument. Visit our Facebook page to read more about this tractor as it makes it way to UNL and then back to Homestead National Monument of America where it will go on display at the Homestead Heritage Center. Facebook.com/HomesteadNM | #Homesteading #HomesteadNM #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101 #History #Frontier
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