Friday, June 10, 2011

Homestead Celebrates 75th Anniversary during Homestead Days

Homestead National Monument of America celebrates its 75th Anniversary during Homestead Days, June 17 – 19, 2011.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the act that created the monument in 1936.  This year’s theme is Homestead Days 1936. Exciting and unique performances that will take you back to the 1930’s are scheduled for the stage at the Education Center.
 
 On Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m., see clothes from the 1930’s as Sue McClain from Yesterday’s Lady in Beatrice, NE presents a 1930’s Fashion Show.  At 2 p.m., Beatrice native and San Francisco State University professor, Dr. Robert Cherny will present a special program, the “Homestead Act and American Politics”. Dr. Cherny will repeat his program at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.
 
 On Saturday, June 18 at 12 p.m., the Homestead Harmonizers kick off the monument’s stage performances with their award winning vintage style of close 4-part harmony.  At 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., the Nebraska Czech Band, a 12 piece ensemble from Omaha, NE, will perform. This band is fashioned after the traditional Czech Style brass bands that feature clarinets along with the standard brass and percussion instruments, a style known as dechovka. David Landis will portray Nebraska Senator George Norris on both Saturday and Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m.  His first person portrayal of Senator
 Norris, one of the U.S. Senate’s most powerful and influential senators, will focus on his efforts to create Homestead National Monument of America.
 
 Rounding out the monument’s performers on Saturday and Sunday are Nebraska Humanities Council artist David Seay, David Fowler and Carolyn Johnsen. David Seay will present ‘The “Tradition” in Traditional Folk Music’ at 3 p.m. on Saturday and again at 3 p.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday.  His program examines the folk tradition and how it resulted in the passing of music from one generation to next.  David Fowler and Carolyn Johnsen will present ‘The History and Romance of the Fiddle:  A Prairie Perspective’ at 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Fowler and accompanist Johnsen will present various historical and romantic perspectives on the fiddle and its upscale cousin the violin. This event is partially funded by grants from the Nebraska Humanities Council and Nebraska Arts Council.
 
 Performance times:

 Friday, June 17
 1 p.m. 1930’s Fashion Show presented by Yesterday’s Lady
 2 p.m. Homestead Act and American Politics by Dr. Robert
            Cherny, San Francisco State University
 
 Saturday, June 18
 12 p.m.     Homestead Harmonizers
 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Nebraska Czech Brass Band
 2 p.m.  Senator George Norris and the Founding of Homestead National
             Monument by David Landis
 3 p.m.  The Tradition in Traditional Folk Music by David Seay
 
 Sunday, June 19
 12 p.m.  The Tradition in Traditional Folk Music by David Seay
 1 p.m.   Homestead Act and American Politics by Dr. Robert Cherny, San
             Francisco State University
 2 p.m.  Senator George Norris and the Founding of Homestead National
             Monument by David Landis
 3 p.m.  The Tradition in Traditional Folk Music by David Seay
 4 p.m.  The History and Romance of the Fiddle:  A Prairie Perspective
             by David Fowler and Carolyn Johnsen
 
 "We are extremely excited about the variety of presentations.  We have several musical acts and presentations relating to items in the 1930’s when Homestead National Monument of America was founded,” said Mark Engler, Superintendent of Homestead National Monument of America.

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