October is National Family History Month, and Homestead National Monument of America will be celebrating it with an afternoon of free programs on Sunday, Oct. 15 beginning at 2 p.m.

Join in the celebration at the Homestead Education Center for three interesting programs tied to family history. The first program will cover professional techniques for preserving your family’s photographs and documents, followed by an update on the Reynolds Family archival project. The Reynolds family from Seward County donated a treasure trove of historical letters, pictures, and more to Homestead National Monument of America, and this program will feature park staff and volunteers discussing what they’ve learned so far from this outstanding assortment of items and documents. After that, there will be an update on the Homestead Records Digitization Project, including an overview of what’s in a homesteading case file and what states will be release on the web this October.

“So much of what is known about homesteader history is family history, family stories, family photographs," said Superintendent Mark Engler. "Family History Month reminds us that our individual family stories all have a place in the history of our country, and the development of our nation.”

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