FREE LAND was the cry!

With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and freed slaves flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement—building our nation and changing the land forever. Read More

Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence Program

Homestead National Monument is looking for practicing artists wanting to find inspiration from our rich cultural and natural resources.

Learn how Latino homesteaders claimed free land under the Homestead Act of 1862

Latino homesteaders, a research focus.

Learn about how Latino Heritage Intern, Veronica Barreto, researched and discovered fascinating facts about Latino homesteaders.

Two black men and two black women stand in front of a frame house. Photo is black and white.

New Research into Black Homesteading

The National Park Service and the University of Nebraska are partnering to discover the stories of Black homesteader colonies.

Learn about the distance learning connections and field trips at Homestead.

Educational Opportunities at Homestead

Learn about the field trip and distance learning opportunities available through Homestead National Monument!

Man on a tractor

The Last Homesteader's Tractor

Ken Deardoff's tractor has been recovered from the wild's of Alaska and is on permanent display at Homestead National Monument of America.

10 State's Homestead Records Now Online.

Access Digitized Homestead Records!

Continue your research! Access Homestead Land Record case files today.

Last updated: September 14, 2019

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8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice , NE 68310

Phone:

(402) 223-3514

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