Play like a pioneer kid during Homestead National Monument of America’s annual Homestead Days, June 21-June 23. Noel Ditmars from Pickrell, Nebraska, is bringing a variety of hands on homesteader toys and chores for children to experience during the event. Kids can experience what it was like to pump water, grind wheat into flour, and much more!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Homestead Days at Homestead National Monument of America. The annual event features the demonstration of homesteader crafts including: coopering, spinning, woodworking, dutch oven cooking, and quilting. There will also be music and dance performances on stage throughout the day, with different performers on each of the three days.

“We are always excited to have Noel Ditmars come out and share his homesteader toys and equipment with our visitors,” said Superintendent Mark Engler, “It is a fun way for children to experience a little piece of homesteader life.”

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day weekend. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.

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