Homestead Monument Celebrates Display Of 1862 Act

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Homestead National Monument of America will hold several events to mark the opening of its display of the original Homestead Act of 1862.

The display of the four-page document opens Wednesday and continues through May 28. It's on loan from the National Archives in Washington in celebration of the 150th anniversary of its signing.

Among the celebratory events is a speech Wednesday by U.S. House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski. A naturalization ceremony will be held later that day.

The Homestead Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, is considered one of the 100 most important documents in the National

Four million people filed for free land under the act. America gave away 270 million acres between January 1863 and 1976.

The monument sits four miles west of Beatrice.

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