Searching For Relatives Of New Mexico Pioneers

New Mexico – The National Park Service is looking for New Mexicans who homesteaded land or whose ancestors did to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the federal Homestead Act.

Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska is recruiting volunteers from the 30 states covered by the Act to carry their state's flag at events in May and June.

A May 20 national commemoration event and a Homestead Day parade on June 16 are planned at the southeast Nebraska monument. The volunteer must carry the flag for a mile and a half. A different volunteer may be chosen for each event.

More than 87,312 successful homestead claims were filed in New Mexico covering 25 percent of the state's land.

For information on participating in the events, visit the national monument's website at

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