Smith Bill to Rename Homestead National Monument as National Historical Park Advances from Natural Resources Committee
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith’s (R-NE) bill (H.R. 1472) to rename Homestead National Monument in Gage County, Nebraska, as Homestead National Historical Park passed the House Natural Resources Committee today.
“The Homestead Act of 1862, signed into law by President Lincoln, helped shape the American West – and certainly Nebraska. The Homestead National Monument commemorates this piece of American history memorializing the site of the first Homestead claim. However, the current name does not properly describe this sprawling area with many different exhibits to see,” said Smith. “Correctly naming the Homestead National Monument as a National Historic Park, clears up confusion and will hopefully increase attendance in the future. I am glad this important legislation passed the Natural Resources Committee, and I look forward to hopefully considering this bill before the full House.”
H.R. 1472 passed the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously. The bill is cosponsored by Nebraska Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Don Bacon, and enjoys the support of the Friends of Homestead National Monument of America.
“The Friends of Homestead organization is excited that HR 1472 has been advanced out of the Natural Resources Committee. We appreciate the continued support by Congressman Adrian Smith and the entire Nebraska delegation in Washington, D.C. We know that this name change is important for the future for the Homestead National Monument and for the positive economic benefit for all of southeast Nebraska,” said Rich Hovendick, Friends of Homestead Board of Directors.