OldWestNewWest.com: History & Travel Magazine

Feb 22nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home National & State Parks Other NPs Native American flutist, storyteller Michael Murphy Performs at Homestead National Monument

Other NPs, Homestead National Monument of America

Native American flutist, storyteller Michael Murphy Performs at Homestead National Monument

Hits smaller text tool iconmedium text tool iconlarger text tool icon
Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska will commemorate Native American Heritage Month with a special program by Native American flutist and storyteller Michael Murphy on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Murphy skillfully blends his love for music and storytelling into an amazing performance that must be seen. This special program will be held at the monument's Education Center.

michael_murphyMurphy has been playing the Native American flute for more than 20 years and has performed at the National Music Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

He has recorded five independent albums; the most recent two (Trail of Tears and Peace) feature his recent interest in meditative, instrumental music. Along with his acclaimed guitar and flute work on these albums, he is a very experienced singer songwriter, and has been repeatedly invited to participate in songwriting contests and workshops at regional folk festivals.

His music often discusses socially conscious themes, such as civil rights, peace, family values, and the environment, and in the tradition of American folk music, he often picks up his harmonica or tickles the piano keys.

Homestead National Monument of America is located on the original homestead claim of Daniel Freeman.

Freeman filed his claim early on January 1, 1863, the very first day the Homestead Act was in effect. Freeman has long been considered America's very first homesteader, and in the early 1930s the Department of the Interior approached his descendants about purchasing his claim to make it the site of a national monument to homesteading and the Homestead Act. They agreed to sell the land, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating Homestead National Monument of America on March 19, 1936.

Homestead NMA is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, call (402) 223-3514 or visit
www.nps.gov/home/index.htm .

National & State Parks