The 1862 Homestead Act – 150 Years of Settlement

This year commemorates the 150th year since President Abraham Lincoln signed the 1862 Homestead Act.  The 1862 Homestead Act enabled heads of the household, regardless of gender, race, or citizenship status, to claim up to 160 acres of land for the price of the filing fee.  During the years of the Homestead Act, almost 10 million acres of land was homesteaded totaling 18% of Idaho being homesteaded as a direct result of the 1862 Homestead Act.

As the state of Idaho celebrates the 1862 Homestead Act, and its grand effects on the great State of Idaho 150 years ago, there will be many activities going on throughout the state during the month of May. If you are looking for some fun, historic activities for the whole family, you are in for treat this month.

Beginning May 2, 2012, there are many presentations, workshops, and events taking place in Boise.  Whether you are interested in a tour of the Historic Bown House on May 5, 2012 or want to listen along with your children to an oral presentation of the history of Idaho taking place at the Idaho State Historical Museum on May 5, 2012, you are sure to find something new to learn about the wonderful state of Idaho.

Archeology Days takes place May 17-20, 2012 at the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuage House, which is sure to be a treat. There are many events and presentations taking place throughout the state, including a presentation on the history of Meridian, Idaho on May 10, 2012 at the Meridian City Hall, and a brown bag luncheon presentation regarding Notable Discoveries in Idaho Archeology sponsored by Boise State University, which will take place at Lake Lowell Park in Nampa, Idaho.

No matter what your interests, you are sure to find some wonderful activities and learning experiences throughout the state this May in celebration of this historic time in Idaho’s history. You can see everything planned in commemoration of the 1862 Homestead Act on the Idaho government website. Be sure to look for yourself and plan some great fun for the whole family.