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Car and truck display coming to Homestead

August 20, 2018

Car enthusiasts can enjoy cars from the 1900s through the 1980s on Labor Day Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homestead National Monument’s Education Center

Original, restored and modified cars and pickups will be on display. You are invited to come and view these vehicles, and if you have one you would like to show off, bring it along. Registration is free.

There will be a people’s choice awards for each decade. Also, join Southeast Community College professor Preston Shires at the Homestead Education Center at 1 p.m. for his program “Prelude to the Homestead Act.”

Shires holds a PhD in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is an Instructor of History at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Shires is also an author of academic works and novels in historical fiction. His latest book, Life in a Casket, features Brownville, Nebraska, in 1857. Shire’s family moved to Nebraska in 1856, and he is the recipient of the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award.

Inside the center during the show, there will be displays of collectible items such as quilts, baskets and more. In fact, you can even expect to find a few of the classic cars inside.

“One of the many effects of the Homestead Act of 1862 was that it hastened industrial advancements and quickened innovation in machinery, including the development of all kinds of motor vehicles which Homesteaders depended on,” said Superintendent Mark Engler. “Linking the automotive era and the homestead era through this car show is a fun way to illustrate that effect.”

Visit Homestead National Monument of America during the Labor Day Weekend and enjoy the National Homesteading Museum, the Farm Implements Exhibit, the historic Palmer-Epard Cabin, the 1872 one room school house (Freeman School) and over 3 miles of hiking trails across the oldest restored tall-grass prairie on the National Park Service.

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