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The Los Alamos County Council has issued a proclamation declaring the Week of May 13-20, 2012 as "Homestead Commemoration Week" in Los Alamos, in celebration of the kickoff for the Los Alamos Homestead Tour.
WHEREAS: On May 20, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act; and
WHEREAS: Homesteading began on the Pajarito Plateau in the late 1880s; and
WHEREAS: From the 1880s through 1942, more than 30 families established residency on farms and raised crops and livestock in challenging conditions that included harsh weather, minimal water, and arduous access; and
WHEREAS: Many homesteader descendants are still living in Northern New Mexico; and
WHEREAS: The Romero Cabin, one of the few remaining homestead cabins on the Plateau has been restored and is open to visitors; and
WHEREAS: A group of enthusiastic volunteers has worked hard to develop a tour that marks and commemorates the seventeen homesteads in the town site area of Los Alamos;
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby designate the Week of May 13 - 20, 2012 as
"HOMESTEAD COMMEMORATION WEEK"
and encourage our residents and visitors to learn more about the homesteading era by attending the May 18th "Los Alamos Homestead Tour" dedication event at 2 p.m. at the Romero Cabin, which will include a reception hosted by the Council.