Heineman Recognizes Homestead Act and Chautauqua

In a joint proclamation, Gov. Dave Heineman recognized the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act and the upcoming Chautauqua, “Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America,” presented May 20-25 by Humanities Nebraska in partnership with Homestead National Monument and the community of Beatrice.

Heineman declared May 20-25 “150th Commemoration of the Homestead Act Week” and “Chautauqua Days.” In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of its signing, the Homestead Act of 1862 was on display at Homestead National Monument’s Heritage Center April 25 through May 28, courtesy of the National Archives. The Free Land Chautauquans were among the many special guests at the national 150th anniversary event May 20.

“We are excited to debut the Free Land Chautauqua in Beatrice and the significance of the occasion will offer great opportunities for education, entertainment, and discussion,” said Kristi Hayek, HN Chautauqua coordinator. “The people of Beatrice and surrounding areas have a wonderful opportunity to explore our collective history and follow the personal triumphs and hardships, as well as the overarching effects of these three monumental legislative acts on Nebraska.”


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