Three days remain for viewing the historic Homestead Act of 1862 at Homestead National Monument near Beatrice, Neb.
The historic document is on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and has been on display since late April to commemorate the act's 150th anniversary.
More than 30,000 people from nearly every state and several countries have viewed the document at the monument, said Mark Engler, monument superintendent.
The last day to view the act is Monday.
“Visitation gets stronger day by day,'' Engler said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and to see such an important piece of American history, with President Abraham Lincoln's signature on it, makes it even more special.''
The act, which offered free land to settlers, is considered one of the nation's milestone documents and rarely is removed from its archives vault. The exhibit at the monument's Heritage Center is believed to be the first time all four pages of the document have been on public display.
Special events commemorating the act continue at the monument all year. The site is four miles west of Beatrice on the homestead of Daniel Freeman, the Union soldier credited with claiming the nation's first homestead.
Admission to the monument is free. Daily summer hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. begin Saturday.
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