Friday, February 15, 2008

Solomon D. Butcher Photographs

Homestead National Monument of America will open a Solomon D. Butcher Photography exhibition on March 15, 2008 at the monument’s Education Center. This special exhibition will run until June 30, 2008. On loan from the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska, the exhibition will feature images from their collection of Solomon Butcher prints.

This exhibition showcases homesteaders from western Nebraska. Butcher originally initiated this unique project due to his acute awareness that homesteading was a brief moment in American history, worthy of documentation. From 1886 to 1911 he photographed the men and women brave enough to homestead in hopes of relating their stories to future generations.

The portion of Butcher’s prints on display at Homestead National Monument of America
consists of homesteading family portraits and ‘re-created histories’
from western Nebraska.

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park System located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska on State Highway 4. Current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends. Admission to all events, exhibits, and displays is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit

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