Beatrice Homestead Era Car Show draws a crowd

The Homestead Era Car Show was hosted at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice today. Car enthusiasts were invited to display and browse vehicles from the early 1900s to the 1980s. The show was a creative way to connect the homestead era with the automotive era.

“The intent when we started out was to invite original car owners that were manufactured during the era of the homestead act itself,” says one of the event organizers Gayle Hanshaw. 

The homestead act, signed in 1862 and rescinded in 1986, enhanced industrial advancements in machinery and vehicles. It allows people to show off their vehicles while illustrating how effective the homestead era was…seeing changes in vehicles throughout the decades of the 1900s.

This is the fifth year the homestead monument has hosted the car show, and Hanshaw says each year more cars make an appearance. Hanshaw says he still hopes to get more vehicles that were modified for agricultural use or turned into tractors to add to the impressive display.

The car show is a way to remind people how important the history of the homestead era is, while allowing folks to reminisce on what Hanshaw calls ‘a simpler time.’

“You look at the styling of these cars from the 30s, 40s, 50s even the 60s…it just brings that calmer feeling to me, you know, from that time in my life,” he says. 

The show allowed visitors to vote on which car was their favorite from each decade. Car owners from each decade were awarded a trophy to commemorate each winner. 

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