Remembering the Old Farmer’s Almanac

Remembering the Old Farmer’s Almanac
at Homestead National Monument of America

220 years ago the first edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac was printed to provide weather information and entertainment to farmers across our young nation.  This is the oldest continuously published periodical in the United States. The event has passed. – Editor

The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first issued in 1793 by editor Robert Thomas during President George Washington’s first term.  The periodical provides useful weather predictions, astronomical events, tidal information, detailed records and valuable advice.  Countless individuals throughout the nation’s history have used the Almanac.  Homesteader’s on the prairie would have found the records useful, but the information about daily life and other features would have been a welcomed source of entertainment.

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit

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