Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Power of the Future: Friends of Homestead Recognize Supportors

Donations, memorials, gifts and bequests allow the Homestead Monument to grow and develop in ways that will promote the long term care of the Monument while sharing the legacy of America’s Homesteading History. In addition to planned giving, there is now a program to recognize various levels of continued giving.

The first level of recognition is when the continuing gift total reaches $100. As the contributions continue, higher levels are reached and recognized. This is where the Power of the Future and Hand Power recognitions fit it. These continuous giving amount levels will be recognized by name, at Homestead National Monument of America, on a donor plaque. The recognition levels are:

Homestead National Monument of America Supportors

Charter members contributed to the creation of the Homestead Heritage Center

Power of the Future $100,000 +
Anonymous Gift - Charter
Educational Service Unit No. 5 - Charter - Distance Learning Technology
Gage County Roads Department - Charter - Roads
Peter Kiewit Foundation Charter - Heritage Center PavingNebraska Environmental Trust - Charter - Land
Opal Shum Estate  - Land
Southeast NE Distance Learning - Distance Learning Technology

Electric $50,000 - $99,999
Anonymous Gift - Charter - Heritage Center - Paving
Ford Motor Company Foundation - Homestead Heritage Parkway Planning
Sutherland Foundation - Charter - Heritage Center Paving

Gas/Diesel $5,000 - $49,999
Anonymous Gift - Charter - Heritage Center Paving
Beatrice Area Arts Council - Public Programs
Leigh F., Jane M. and Leigh M. Coffin Foundation - Charter - Heritage Center, Fiddle Festival
Exmark, a Division of The Toro Company Lawnmower - Public Programs
First National Bank of Beatrice - Charter - Film, Public Programs
Gage County Tourism - Charter - Heritage Center Paving
Harriet Fort - Charter - Prairie Trail Signs
Hevelone Foundation - Heritage Center Dedication
National Park Foundation - Jr. Ranger Booklet, Volunteer Programs
Nebraska Arts Council - Public Programs
Nebraska Humanities Council - Public Programs
Norris Public Power District - Charter - Bury Electrical Lines, Public Programs
Pinnacle Bank - Charter - Film, Public Programs
Store Kraft Manufacturing - Charter - Heritage Center Information Desk
Tier One Foundation - Homestead Records Project, Public Programs
University of Nebraska Foundation - Homestead Records Project

Steam Power $1,000 - $4,999
Ross and Anita Bauman - Friends of Homestead Newsletter
Dennis and Glenda Boesiger
William Jr. and Betty Cook - Charter
Dan Ferguson Memorial - Charter - Education Center Exhibit Panel, Guest Register
In Honor of Jerry and Joan Davison - Interior - Benches
EEnergy - Visitor Services
Vince Halvorson Memorial - Superintendent - Heritage Center Paving
Keep Beatrice Beautiful - Trash Cans and Cigerette Urns
Kiwanis-Homestead Early Risers - Difibulator
Charles and Frances Maguire
Nancy Rohn - Fiddles
Rotary Club of Beatrice - Difibulator, Public Programs
Sandman Family Foundation - Charter - Microfilm Reader
Southeast Community College - Education Partner
Dr. Donald and Diane Weldon - Charter - Heritage Center Paving
Woodmen of the World - Flags and Poles

Horse Power $500 - $999
A G Edwards and Sons Inc.
Grace Boomer Memorial - Freeman School Flagpole
Carriage Motors - Van Rentals
Samuel and Vicky Cowan, III - Heritage Center
Rhonda Eddy - Homestead Quilt
Dr. C.T. and Julia Frerichs - Interior Benches
William Noll
Floyd and Verna Opfer Memorial - Trail Benches
Charles and Laureen Riedesel - Charter
Margaret and Martha Thomas Foundation - Heritage Center Patio Furniture
Twin Rivers Chrysler Jeep Dodge: Dave Eskra and Steve Swarthout - Van Rentals
Wal-Mart - Public Programs

Hand Power $100 - $499
John and Fran Bauer
Steve and Renee Bauer, Tim and Lexie
Darrell and Sue Bruns
Janice Lee Buhr
Julian and Kathleen Canaday
Cooksley's Clear Creek Farms, Inc. Custer County, Nebraska Frischkorn and Pirnie Homesteads
Ron and Diane Courtney
Doug and Karen Dalke
Jerry and Joan Davisonn
James and Joan Downey
Terry and Melinda Doyle
Robert and Rhonda Eddy
Mark and Barbara Engler
Marti and Gene Feit
John and Delores Fiala
Five Star Contracting
Marion and Joyce Frantz
C.T. and Julia Frerichs
Husqvarna Turf Care Company - Public Programs
LeRoy and Doreen Janzen
Judy Halvorson
Donald and Connie Harmon
Gary and Karen Higgins
Lois Kammelohr
Paul and Bernadette Korslund
Anita Lincoln
Dr. Rick Mazour D.D.S.
Kenneth Messersmith
Eva Mathias Meyn
Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Paquette
Dan and Dr. Sandra Parks
Janice and Wayne Price
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin D. Prebyl Jr.
Tom and Eileen Shirk - Charter
Duane and Debra Smith
Dr. Hal and Bette Anne Thaut
Mike and Susan Trump
Valentino's - Programs
Norman and Pat Wallman
Dr. Ron and Annette Wallman
Dennis and Kathi Wells
Charles and Jan Whitehead
Dennis Witthoft and Denise Elmer
Harold Witulski - Dog Treadmill
In Honor of Harold Witulski Farmer-Craftsman-Musician From Marcie, Mary, Leon and Larry
Richard and Kathy Woodward
John and Patricia Zarybnicky

The Friends of Homestead National Monument of America recognizes private philanthropy as both a noble tradition of the national parks and as an essential element of the Monuments’ accomplishments. Donations of funds and in-kind contributions enhance the ability of both the Friends and the Monument to carry out its programs and activities. Support from individuals, organizations, foundations, corporations, and businesses are deeply appreciated. Donations and gifts can be used for capital, operations, programming, and special event sponsors.

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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