The 2014 “Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America” Chautauqua, hosted under the big tent here at Legacy of the Plains Museum, sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and myriad local entities, was a wonderful success. There were a few nights where weather was a challenge, but our community has been immeasurably enriched by the lectures, readings, and other activities surrounding this Chautauqua, which explored “the impact of landmark legislations through the historical lens of homesteading, migration, and displacement on the Great Plains.”
To quote from the Humanities Nebraska website about this Chautauqua:
The Homestead Act, the Morrill Act, and the Pacific Railway Act all were passed within six weeks of each other in 1862, and set into motion sweeping changes for the Great Plains region and the American West. The impact of this legislation was felt by millions of people: war veterans, Easterners looking for new opportunities, immigrants, women, African-Americans and Native Americans.
Now, for some pictures of the event:
Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the Chautauqua and made this event a success!
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