National Park Service seeks Alaska descendent of homesteader

ANCHORAGE — The National Park Service is looking for descendants of people who received land in Alaska through the Homestead Act of 1862.

The Park Service is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the law that transferred more than 270 million acres of undeveloped federal land to private ownership.

The agency wants people from each of America’s 30 homestead states to carry their state’s flag for a commemoration event on May 20 and in a Homestead Day Parade on June 16.

The agency says people interested in volunteering can submit a one-page nomination.

The events will be at the Homestead National Monument of America outside Beatrice, Neb.

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