Winter Activities, at Homestead National Monument of America

BEATRICE – Government shutdown, or not….there’s been a lot to do at the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, going into the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.

The park service attraction near Beatrice is open every day of the year, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Monument Superintendent Mark Engler says the public has enjoyed seeing displays of the different holiday decorations of various ethnic groups, who helped settle the nation.

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In addition to indoor displays at the Education and Heritage Centers, the trails are open year-round, whether it’s the warm season, or winter.

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Trails are open from sunrise to sundown.  Even if the Education and Heritage Centers are closed, the parking lots are kept open for people wanting to use the trails.

Earlier this year, it was announced that there’s a move to rename the Homestead National Monument of America, as Homestead National Historical Park.

The group, Friends of the Homestead is seeking that change, to better describe what’s available to the public at the Homestead, four miles west of Beatrice.

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During this holiday season, the Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures remains on display.  Kids visiting the monument can also take an activity challenge, answering questions about prairie cultures…one way to learn more about the people who homesteaded.

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