Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Embodiment of the Homestead Journey: Friends Thank Donors

Dan Freeman Jaffe and Kansas City jazz musicians Mike Ning, keyboard, and Victor Perelmuter, drums, entertained the new Charter Participants of the Homestead Innovation Congress Saturday, October 10, 2009. Jaffe’s poetry and the jazz combo honored homesteaders past and present with a five part blues movement that embodied the journey of homesteaders from the late eighteen-eighties to today. The dinner, hosted at Beatrice Valentino’s restaurant, was the Friends of Homestead way of saying thank-you for supporting the new Homestead Innovation “160 Acres-160 Dollars” program.

There is still time to join the program as a charter member as all donors giving gifts of $160 or more during 2009 will be known as Charter Participants. Gifts will be recognized on the Levels of Giving Recognition Board at the entrance of the Homestead National Monument Heritage Center.

The Homestead Innovation Congress is a group within the Friends of Homestead organization that is dedicated to increasing communications and awareness of Homestead National Monument of America. The sponsor gift for the Homestead Innovation Congress is $160 per single (couple). Please make checks payable to the "Homestead Congress" and mail to:

Friends of Homestead
8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice, NE 68310

Ning at left on keyboard, Jaffe center mic, Perelmuter at right on drums

BmMk Press Interview with Don Jaffe

Playing the World jazz poems by Don Jaffe

Jazz Times

Familiar name visits Homestead
By Chris Dunker/Daily Sun staff writer
Monday, Oct 12, 2009 - 10:23:43 am CDT

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Friends Board 2009

Governing Board
Friends of Homestead
National Monument
of America

Dr. Don Weldon: President Friends Board

Laureen Riedesel: Vice-President Friends Board
Beatrice Public Library

Renee Bauer
Rural Comprehensive Care Network

Ross Bauman
Retired CEO of BAS

Dennis Carmichael

Vicky Cowan:  Secretary Friends Board

Jerry Davison

Denise Elmer: Editor Homestead Congress blog and Board web site
Southeast Community College

Don Ferneding

Bernadette Korslund

Bill Noll

Wayne Ossowski

Diane Vicars
Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center

John Zarybnicky
Homestead Land Company, Inc.

Superintendent Mark Engler: Park liaison to Friends Board
Homestead National Monument of America

Are you a descendant of Homesteaders?

If you are a descendant of Homesteaders, send you name and address along with any family histories to the Friends of Homestead. The Friends of Homestead are collecting the names and addresses of all descendants. This information should be sent to:

Friends of Homestead
8523 West State Highway 4
Beatrice, NE 68310

or email

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