BEATRICE – The group, Friends of the Homestead has received a vote of support from City of Beatrice elected leaders toward an effort to rename the Homestead National Monument of America.
If approved in the U.S. House and Senate, the name would become the Homestead National Historical Park.
Friends President Diane Vicars (Vickers) says over the years, there has been some confusion by visitors expecting to see a physical monument, when they visit the National Park Service attraction four miles west of Beatrice.
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Vicars says research indicates that if national sites add the word “park”, to their name…visitors tend to spend more time at a National Park site.
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Vicars says the cost of making a name transition is not expecting to be a big obstacle. She says the National Park Service does budget for updating signs and markers at the exterior and interior of facilities. She also said the Friends organization has some funds to support a name change.
Vicars says Republican House member Adrian Smith has introduced legislation to approve the name change, and the Friends organization is working with the office of U.S. Senator Ben Sasse on a similar effort, in the Senate.
The Beatrice City Council Monday night approved a resolution in support of the proposed name change.