As part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862, the park hosted “Monumental Learn and Earn” teacher workshops over a four-day period in late January. Attending were 152 educators from 83 schools, who gathered to learn more about primary source documents and how to use them.
By attending an MLE workshop, teachers became eligible for transportation reimbursements to bring their classrooms to see the original Homestead Act of 1862, which will be on display at the Monument from April 25th until May 28th. The park anticipates presenting programs to nearly 7,000 students over the 23 school days that this historic document will be on display.
Sessions for the MLE workshops were led by subject matter experts in various areas:
Dave Rosenbaum, education specialist with the National Archives and Records Administration, spoke on “Teaching with America’s Treasures”
Katherine Walter of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln gave a presentation on “Teaching with Archival, Manuscript and Online Resources”
Paul Eisloeffel of the Nebraska State Historical Society spoke on “Vintage Moving Images and Media Literacy”
Andy Crozier, a Google certified teacher, gave a workshop entitled “Search, Archive, and Share: Using Google to Help Find and Preserve History”
Friends of Homestead National Monument donated the funds for breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
To learn more about what Homestead National Monument of America is doing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862, click on the link below.