Homesteading: The Free Land Idea

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Special Programs Room

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Brown Bag Program presented by Lorna Shuman, Curator of Education, Illinois State Museum

Homesteading, extolled and romanticized in history, was not the rosy dream portrayed in popular literature and film. The law, meant to be simple, yet very complex and riddled with loopholes, transferred millions of acres from the public domain to private hands. With the hope that giving free people free land would increase the nation's wealth, this major legislative act passed under Lincoln’s presidency and had far-reaching implications that changed the face of the United States.

Bring your lunch and join us for a different speaker and topic on the third Wednesday of each month. Brown Bag Lectures are held at the ISM Research & Collections Center at 1011 E. Ash St. in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash Street and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

Photo credit: Nebraska Historical Society

 

homestead image courtesy Nebraska Historical Society

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