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Idaho State Historical Society is commemorating the passage of the Homestead Act

Jaclyn Brandt

Idaho State Historical Society is commemorating the passage of the Homestead Act

CREATED May. 1, 2012

The Idaho State Historical Society has announced “Home on the Range: The 1862 Homestead Act” as the theme for the 2012 Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month.

“Through IdahoArchaeology and Historic Preservation Month programming, participants can learn about how Idaho history has left an imprint on our state even to this day,” said Janet Gallimore, Executive Director of the Idaho State Historical Society. “We hope people join the ISHS as we make a difference in our communities today by reflecting on the accomplishments of the past and providing hands-on learning opportunities to help shape our collective future.”

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862, opening up federal land for settlement. This significant contribution to Idaho’s landscape was the first law that gave each head of household – men, women, minorities, and immigrants - a chance to own 160 acres of land for only the cost of thefiling fee and improving the land.

Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month is a unique celebration of history that brings communities together from all parts of the state. The events give the public a new way to access their past and appreciate the affects of historical decisions. This series is designed to be interactive, giving people a fun way to process and understand the importance of history.

For information the events, click here.

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