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Beatrice, NE –The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25 and Homestead National Monument of America wants you to join the party! Come to the park and join us for birthday cake from1-3 pmat the Homestead Heritage Center. Visit the National Homesteading Museum and enjoy the award winning film "Land of Dreams".
In preparation for next year's big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone toFind Your Park. To encourage people to discover everything a park experience can be, there is a fun list of99 ways to Find Your Park. Homestead is a great place to try # 14 –Earn a Junior Ranger badge, # 61 –Discover history around you, # 50 –Immerse yourself in a living history program over Labor Day Living History Weekend, and # 91 –Visit for FREE on our 99th birthday and every day at Homestead. Visitors can share their park experiences with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark.
"Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party," said Superintendent Mark Engler. "Homestead National Monument of America offers something for everyone, so I invite you to visit and Find Your Park."
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are 408 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. And, on August 25, all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone.
Homestead National Monument of America was established in 1936 to commemorate the Homestead Act of 1862 and its influence on the country and the world. Last year, more than 69,000 visitors enjoyed the site and added $2.4 million to the local economy and supported 33 area jobs.
The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Nebraska go to www.nps.gov/NE.
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The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.