Even if American History wasn't your long suit in school, there are some years that stuck 1492 .1776. Now it's time to add a year to that list - 1862 - a year after the start of the Civil War. That year was a turning point for the US - especially for Nebraska and the Great Plains. One of the main reasons: The Homestead Act. Jerry Johnston has more.
For a complete rundown of the 1862-2012 The Making of the Great Plains Symposium, CLICK HERE.
This spring, the Homestead Monument of America is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act. Programs include a display of the original Homestead Act document with Abraham Lincoln's signature, a Chautauqua of homesteading era historical figures, and much more. For details, CLICK HERE