The park has launched this year’s 150th anniversary commemoration of the Homestead Act with two sets of traveling exhibits that will be displayed across the United States in airports, museums, state capitols, historical sites and other locations.
In 2012, the nation will commemorate an era that spanned 123 years, allocated 270 million acres in 30 states, and affected as many as 93 million Americans.
The act also had profound and lasting impacts on the land, American Indians, immigration, industry and agriculture. In fact, many National Park Sites have a connection to homesteading.
Activities are planned throughout 2012 and 2013 to commemorate the passage of this momentous act.