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| 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! | #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: | #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 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. | #Homesteading #HomesteadNM #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101 #History #Frontier
| Clouds make way for the rising sun. Just like the sun, temperatures are on the rise at Homestead National Monument of America. Please be sure to drink plenty of water and have proper sun protection while out enjoying the park! P.S. Stop into either Visitor Center for a trail map and a refill! | #HomesteadNM #OptOutside #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101 #Landscape #HikeYourPark
| Morning fog settling over the prairie at Homestead National Monument of America. Our current Artist-in-Residence, Georgia Schwender (@georgia5387 )captured this gorgeous view of the Homestead National Monument Heritage Center! Come explore the 100 acres of restored tallgrass prairie at Homestead National Monument and you as well can enjoy views like this! Our trails at the monument are open from sunrise to sunset. Stop into the visitor center and grab a trail map before heading out! | #FindYourPark #HikeYourPark #NPS101 #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101 #OptOutside
| Sunset over the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center | #HomesteadNM #Homesteading #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #Sunset #NPS101
| Our Summer Campfire Series continues tonight at 7:00 p.m! Come out to the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center and learn about the state of Nebraska and it's homesteading connections through story and song! David Seay will be presenting "Nebraska Territory Stories" celebrating the rich history of Nebraska. "In this upbeat presentation David performs folk music that existed at the time Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867. Between tunes he discusses how these songs provide glimpses into history by telling stories of everyday life of the pioneers during the 13 years before Nebraska statehood. This cheerful show works particularly well for family audiences as it has opportunities for volunteers to come up front and participate. Instruments featured are banjo, harmonica, whistles, and mountain dulcimer." | #HomesteadNM #FindYourPark #OptOutside #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101
| Roll the curtain! The date is set! In partnership with Flatwater Shakespeare Company, Homestead National Monument of America is excited to invite you to a free production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” set in the year 1867. Join us on THIS Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center outdoor-performance area for this first-of-its-kind production. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. | #HomesteadNM #Homesteading #Shakespeare #FlatwaterShakespeare #NE #MerryonthePrairie
| "There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." -Willa Cather Homesteaders had to put up with harsh storms that often devastated their hard work. But even the scariest storms bring life-giving rain, and give way to beautiful sunshine. Today, we are thankful for the calm. Please note: parts of the trail system at Homestead National Monument remained closed for safety reasons. Stay tuned for updates. | #NPS101 #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #Homesteading #HomesteadNM
| Congratulations again to the 34 individuals who became new citizens at the Citizenship and Naturalization Ceremony yesterday at Homestead National Monument of America! The Homestead Act invited immigrants to help build the United States, and we are honored to be continuing that tradition. | #Naturalization #NPS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #NPS101
| The orchard at the Heritage Center showcases some of the varieties of fruit trees that Daniel Freeman may have had in his orchards. From the testimony of his witnesses, Joseph Graff and Samuel Kilpatrick, we know that Daniel set out 40 apple trees and about 400 peach trees. Earlier this year, the trees in the orchard were pruned to promote fruit production. Today we are starting to see the benefits of pruning as the trees begin to produce fruit! Thank you again to Nicole Stoner, with Nebraska Extension in Gage County, and her group of Master Gardeners for pruning the fruit trees at the Heritage Center. | #Homestead #FindYourPark #Orchard #NPS101 #Homesteading #Nebraska
| Why wasn't the moon hungry? Because it's FULL! All jokes aside, the parking lot at the Heritage Center will remain open tonight (June 9, 2017) to allow you to view the Strawberry "Mini-moon". "We're all, of course, familiar with the branding of supermoon, when the full moon coincides (or very nearly so) with perigee — that point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to Earth. On such occasions, the moon appears somewhat larger than normal because of its closeness to Earth. Well, tonight's (June 9) moon is the opposite of that circumstance; a full moon that nearly coincides with apogee, the moon's farthest point from Earth." | (Photo Credit: Tim Graff) (source: #HomesteadNM #Homestead #Lunar #FindYourPark #NPS101
| Follow our current Artist-in-Residence as she explores Homestead National Monument! Emily Sullivan (@emilyjbsullivan ) is a plein air painter from Boulder, CO and will be at the Monument until May 30, 2017. Join Emily Sullivan for a plein air workshop at Homestead National Monument of America's Education Center on Sunday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. Participants will learn briefly about how and why artists use plein air drawing and painting as part of their practice, including Sullivan's work, and try their hand at plein air sketching in the park. All ages and skill levels welcome - more important than the final outcome of the drawing is the experience of "seeing" and spending time carefully considering the landscape around you. | #HomesteadNM #NPS101 #ArtinthePark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #Artist
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