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Living history coming to Homestead Labor Day weeken

August 11, 2018

Three days of exciting events are happening Labor Day weekend at Homestead National Monument of America. Experience living history, an old fashioned spelling bee, and even a homestead era car show - definitely something for everyone during this fun holiday weekend.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, visitors can get hands on with living history demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Education Center and Heritage Center. Participate in quilting, corn husk doll making, candle dipping, butter churning and more.

On Sunday, Sept.2, check out Cars of the Homestead Era from the 1900s to the 1980s at the Education Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Car enthusiasts and people wanting to learn more about these vehicles are invited to check out these mechanical pieces of history.

On Monday, Sept. 3, visitors can take part in an old fashioned spelling bee at the Freeman School at 10 a.m. Great for all ages. Categories include Under 7, 7 to 9, 10 to 12, 13 to 15, and Adult. Trophies for the winners and special recognition for the youngest and oldest speller.

“Sharing the day to day lives on the homestead is a fantastic way to connect visitors to different aspects of the homesteading story. They are able to take a bit of that story, whether it be a cornhusk doll or a hand dipped candle, knowledge of how invention was pushed through the story of automobiles or the excitement of competing in a spelling bee home to their 21st century lives.” said Superintendent Mark Engler.

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

Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2018. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS). For more information on programs or activities, please call 402-223-3514 or visit www.nps.gov/home.

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