Homestead National Monument of America will host an interactive workshop at the Education Center on Jan. 7 from 2-4 p.m.

The workshop will cover the Blizzard of 1888, which made a deep impact on many Nebraskan families. This hands-on event will involve theatrical scenarios centered on the blizzard. These scenarios will provide historical information and a fresh perspective on what settlers faced as the storm blew over.

This workshop is presented by Homestead National Monument and Beatrice Community Players, in tandem with Community Players’ presentation of “SNOWCATCHER” by Becky Boesen.

The event will be led by Boesen and Petra Wahlqvist of BLIXT. Boesen is a writer, lyricist, director, actor and teaching artist. Currently, she is touring her latest play, "SNOWCATCHER," a one-woman show commissioned by the Midwest Theatre and Lincoln Arts Council. Set against the schoolchildren’s blizzard of 1888, the show explores issues of child bereavement following the death of a parent.

Wahlqvist is the co-founder and CEO of BLIXT. She is a project creator, actor and producer. She most recently served as the education and community engagement director at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, where she oversaw the Lied education department for seven years.

The workshop is offered to everyone ages 8 and up. Admission is free, though limited spots are available. To register, email home_information@nps.gov or call 402-223-3514.

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