History at National Monument, With Abe Lincoln and Buffalo Soldiers

BEATRICE – The U.S. President who signed the Homestead Act into law, is paying a visit to the nation’s first Homestead this weekend, during Homestead Days.

Dr. Gene Griessman portrays Abraham Lincoln.  The actor and playwright has performed at Ford’s Theatre, the Georgia Dome, the Lincoln Memorial and aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

Griessman is a headliner of entertainment going on at the Homestead National Monument of America, this weekend.   His presentation is entitled, “Lessons Learned from President Lincoln”.

In addition to traditional arts and crafts and children’s activities, the Homestead’s prairie this weekend is hosting a Civil War Encampment across the foot bridge, east of the Education Center.  The Buffalo Soldiers, from Nicodemus, Kansas and a Color Guard from Fort Riley, Kansas are camped next to the creek that runs through the national park.  Nicodemus is the site of another National Park, that signifies freedom from slavery following the Civil War.

The Homestead Harmonizers are performing both Saturday and Sunday, at the monument four miles west of Beatrice.

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