Friends of Homestead National Monument of America supports Homestead National Monument -- a National Park Service site -- through fundraising and advocacy. The Friends of Homestead works closely with the Monument to provide funds for Park projects and programs, and most recently worked with a donor to bring the tractor used by the Last Homesteader, Ken Deardorff, in Alaska, to the Monument. Funding from the Friends allows all activities at the Monument site to be free to all visitors, including the many schoolchildren who visit the Monument annually.
Have you ever wondered if you have anything in common with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Director of Athletics Bill Moos, Pulitzer Prize writer Willa Cather or Aviator Charles Lindbergh? Perhaps Singer Jewel Kilcher or Scientist and Inventor George Washington Carver? All of these men and women are descendants of Homesteaders. Our project will allow the Friends of Homestead to provide six new research computers and monitors and a printer to be available at the Homestead National Monument Heritage Center to provide visitors the opportunity to research their family's Homestead Records and learn if they are descendants of homesteaders like former Nebraska Football Coach Tom Osborne. The printer will be used to print paper copies of these family documents. To expand this research opportunity, Homestead National Monument staff will travel to the largest genealogist event in North America, RootsTech 20, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to educate 25,000 attendees on the valuable information found in the Homestead Land-Entry Case Files. Maybe you are a descendant of homesteaders?
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