Homestead National Monument of America

Homestead National Monument of America

We are honored to be volunteers in the park at Homestead National Monument of America this summer during the month of May. We would like to thank Superintendent Mark Engler and Park Ranger Charlotte McDaniel for the opportunity to assist them with their astronomy presentations.

The Homestead Heritage Center was designed to represent the Homestead Act of 1862 with its spectacular views and unique roof line resembling a single bottom plow moving through the sod.

What is it all about?

[The Homestead Act of 1862 was one of the most significant and enduring events in the westward expansion of the United States. By granting 160 acres of free land to claimants, it allowed nearly any man or woman a “fair chance.” Homestead National Monument of America, located in Southeast Nebraska, commemorates this Act and the far-reaching effects it had upon the landscape and people.]

The “Living Wall” is a visual representation of the percentage of land in each state that was successfully homesteaded.

The Moon Landing: 50 Years Later

Our mission is to share the love of astronomy with people as we travel North America. We currently celebrate this at a number of the national parks, monuments, and historical sites in the Midwest.

Homestead National Monument of America has an annual film festival. This year they are celebrating the technology and innovation of the homesteading era. At the beginning of the Homestead Act, steam engine trains were a new technology and the connecting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans was an unprecedented accomplishment.  The end of the Homestead Era saw transportation capable of placing a man on a celestial body for the first time, the Moon.

The Homestead Act was still very active in 1969. We are excited to help celebrate the 50th year since the moon landing. In fact, many of the telescopes and eyepieces GeoAstroRV uses were created by a man who helped design the optics of the visual simulators used to train astronauts in piloting the Apollo Lunar Module. Come learn about and actually use the equipment that stemmed from these innovations over the last fifty years.

2 Replies to “Homestead National Monument of America”

  1. That looks like a super cool opportunity for those lucky folks that run into you all! Hopefully we will be able to count ourselves on that list in the near future! Happy trails and safe travels to you both.

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