Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thank you Homestead Congress Blog 2009 Contributors

The Friends of Homestead National Monument thank the readers of the Homestead Congress blog for their continued support. As of this writing there have been over 12,000 hits to our educational postings on the purpose of the Homestead Act and its many fascinating stories. Readers range from Beatrice, Nebraska, hometown of the Monument, to both the east and west coasts of the United States, as well as, every continent in the world.



Without the talents, efforts, and contributions of our many volunteers and supporters the Homestead Congress blog would not be possible. Happy holidays and thank you to:
  • Todd Arrington, Homestead National Monument of America Historian
  • Merrith Baughman, Homestead National Monument Chief Ranger
  • Jesse Bolli, Homestead National Monument of America Resource Management Specialist
  • Susan Cook, Homestead National Monument of America Ranger
  • Jerry Davison, Homestead Congress Volunteer
  • Rhonda Eddy, Homestead National Monument of America Volunteer
  • Denise Elmer, Homestead Congress Volunteer
  • Gene Finke, Homestead National Monument of America Volunteer
  • Lori Herrera, Southeast Community College Student
  • Jason Jurgena, Homestead National Monument of America Museum Curator
  • Lindsey Katz, Southeast Community College Student
  • Stacy Kristek, Southeast Community College Student
  • Bernadette Korslund, Homestead National Monument of America Volunteer
  • Allison La Duke, Homestead National Monument of America Park Guide
  • Doris Martin, Homestead National Monument of America
  • Penny Musco, Homestead National Monument of America First Artist in Residence
  • Travis Nielsen, Southeast Community College Student
  • Christopher Newman, Southeast Community College Student
  • Amanda Neville, Southeast Community College Student
  • Anne Paquette, Homestead Innovation Congress Sponsor
  • Shaina Peters, Southeast Community College Student
  • Elissa Schotte, Southeast Community College Student
  • Jenna Specht, Southeast Community College Student
  • Karol Tharnish, Southeast Community College Student
  • Jarred Thimm, Southeast Community College Student
  • Diane Vicars, Homestead National Monument of America Volunteer
  • Amy Yetter, Southeast Community College Student

 Homestead Congress is a communication program for the Friends of Homestead National Monument of America. It is a 501(c)(3) educational, charitable organization recognized by the IRS to receive tax deductible gifts directed to the use of Homestead National Monument. The Homestead National Monument of America is the source of accurate information on the Homestead Act. Our authors contributions can be found at: http://homesteadcongress.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Friends Recognize Baehr's Service


At the annual board meeting, held November 30, 2009, The Friends of Homestead recognized and thanked Darin Baehr for his six years of service as treasurer (2003 – 2009).

In other business the Board approved new members Tamara Weers, as treasurer, and Jim Stanosheck. Don Weldon, Laureen Riedesel, and Vicky Cowan were approved to continue in their respective offices.

The next annual meeting is scheduled for October 18, 2010.

The Friends Board 2010

Governing Board
Friends of
Homestead National Monument
of America

Dr. Don Weldon: President Friends Board

Laureen Riedesel: Vice-President Friends Board
Beatrice Public Library
http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/library/index.html

Renee Bauer
Rural Comprehensive Care Network
http://www.rccn.info/

Ross Bauman
Retired CEO of BAS

Dennis Carmichael

Vicky Cowan: Secretary Friends Board

Jerry Davison
Consultant

Denise Elmer: Editor Homestead Congress blog and Board web site
Southeast Community College
http://www.southeast.edu/

Don Ferneding

Bernadette Korslund

Bill Noll

Jim Stanosheck

Diane Vicars
Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center
http://www.beatricecommunityhospital.com/

Tamara Weers: Treasurer Friends Board
First National Bank Omaha

John Zarybnicky
Homestead Land Company, Inc.
http://www.homesteadland.com/

Superintendent Mark Engler: Park liaison to Friends Board
Homestead National Monument of America
www.nps.gov/home
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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 friendsofhomestead@gmail.com

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