Railroads, Homesteading Subjects of Saturday Film

BEATRICE – The Homestead National Monument of America is featuring a film showing of The Railroad That Tamed the West, this Saturday.

The film helps call attention to several major pieces of legislation that took effect at the start of 1863.  Those included the Homestead Act, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Morrill Land Grant College Act, creation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pacific Railway Act.  The Transcontinental Railroad…one of the great transportation undertakings of all time… was built with a pay-as-you-go approach.

:12                  “the railroad”

Park Ranger Susan Cook says this year is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.  Cook says there was a concerted effort to create towns along the railroad.

:26                  “people west”

The film Saturday will be shown starting at two p.m., at the Homestead’s Education Center.  That’s also the location for a special exhibit and photographs on African-American Homesteaders.  Cook says the Homestead has been partnering with the University of Nebraska, studying African American homesteading communities.

:33                  “towns together”

Land ownership was a key to a better life, and to build wealth.  The project is studying five states and five communities made up of black homesteaders.

The national monument near Beatrice is hosting various films through early March, including material relating to technological advances and the 50th anniversary this year, of the Apollo Eleven mission to the moon.

The national monument has completed an upgrade of its projector systems…no longer able to find parts for the original system.  The monument secured federal funding to adopt new laser-based technology.

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