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Trees at Homestead

A Danish Christmas tree sits on display at Homestead National Monument's  Education Center as part of the park's annual Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures. The festival features cultural holiday displays of the various ethnic groups that claimed land as homesteaders. 

Singenden Wanderer German Men’s Choir will perform at Homestead National Monument's Education Center on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. instead of the original date of Dec. 9.

This performance will give visitors a glimpse into the music culture brought to the plains by German immigrants during the homesteading period. The group will sing both in German and in English and get the audience involved.

“Singenden Wanderer provides a fun musical act that both entertains and educates,” said Superintendent Mark Engler.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, Gwenith Colgrove of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project in Wymore will give a presentation on Welsh culture and holiday traditions as part of the Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures.

This program begins at 2 p.m. at Education Center. Learn about Welsh traditions such as the wassailing tradition of Mari Lwyd.

The Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures features decorated trees and tabletop displays featuring ornaments and hand-made crafts that reflect the spirit of hope, humor, traditions, and generosity which characterized settlers of the West, a news release stated. Cultures represented this year include Czech, French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, and Welsh.

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