What do University of Nebraska-Lincoln Director of Athletics Bill Moos and Pulitzer Prize writer Willa Cather have in common?
Moos, a descendant of Cherry County, Nebraska, homesteaders, is now featured on a Homestead Legacy Banner at Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center, along with such notables as Cather, aviator Charles Lindbergh, former Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne, singer Jewel Kilcher and scientist and inventor George Washington Carver.
The Homestead Legacy Program, which was established through the help and support of the Gage County Foundation nearly 20 years ago, highlights notable Americans and their connection to America’s epic homestead story.
“We are honored to have Athletic Director Moos as a participant in the Homestead Legacy Program,” Homestead Superintendent Mark Engler said. “His participation is helping us to bring the history of homesteading alive and to make the story of homesteading relevant to today’s global citizens.”
The Bill Moos Legacy Banner was unveiled during a recent event hosted by the Friends of Homestead. During the unveiling ceremony, Moos shared stories tied to his Nebraska homestead history.
Moos family traces its roots through eastern Montana, Nebraska and Washington state. His great-grandfather homesteaded in Cherry County on a quarter section of land. Moos grew up on a ranch in Washington.
The Moos Homestead Legacy Banner can be seen at the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center, 4 miles west and north of Beatrice along Nebraska 4.