Monday, Dec 5, 2011
The park is seeking people who obtained land through the Homestead Act of 1862, which was in effect until 1976 (1986 in Alaska), or are descendants of those who received land through the law to serve as state flag holders for two events next spring commemorating the 150th anniversary of the act.
Volunteers are being sought from each of the 30 states where people obtained land under the act. Volunteers will carry their state’s flag in a commemoration to be held on May 20th and in the Homestead Day parade on June 16th, where they must be able to carry the flag for a distance of 1.2 miles. Volunteers will not be expected to carry their state flag at both events unless they wish to do so.
The 30 Homestead Act states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Those interested in volunteering are asked to submit one page nominations that include their names, addresses, contact information, and short statements explaining their connection to the Homestead Act of 1862 and why they would like to be selected to participate in these events. They can also submit the flag volunteer carrier participation form found at the link below.