Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Descendants of Homesteaders Wanted for Oral History Project

Are you a descendant of a homesteader? Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act.

The Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska wants to find relatives of people who filed claims under the Homestead Act. The purpose is to gather stories of the experiences of homesteaders.

The monument is developing a database of homesteaders and descendants. Oral histories will be taken under the direction of the University of Nebraska and Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

If you are a descendant of a homesteader, send your name, address, phone number and email address to Friends of Homestead, Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. State Highway 4, Beatrice NE 68310.

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