HOUSE COMMEMORATION NO. 1019
Introduced by: Representatives Scott, Abdallah, Bolin, Carson, Conzet, Cronin, Deelstra,
Dryden, Haggar, Kloucek, Moser, Romkema, Schaefer, Solum, Stricherz,
Van Gerpen, Vanneman, White, Willadsen, and Wink and Senators Juhnke
A LEGISLATIVE COMMEMORATION, Recognizing and remembering the Homestead Act.
WHEREAS, four pages that make up the Homestead Act of 1862 will be on display at
Homestead National Monument; and
WHEREAS, the Homestead Act of 1862 is considered one of the most one hundred important
documents in the National Archives; and
WHEREAS, this document influenced the course of United States history by shaping South
Dakota landscape, history, and culture for future generations; and
WHEREAS, America gave away two hundred and seventy million acres to four million people;
WHEREAS, today it is estimated that as many as 93 million Americans are descendants of
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT COMMEMORATED, by the Eighty-seventh Legislature of the
State of South Dakota, that the Homestead Act of 1862, that changed South Dakota forever, be held
in a place of honor.
750 copies of this document were printed by the South Dakota
Legislative Research Council at a cost of $.015 per page.
Insertions into existing statutes are indicated by underscores.
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