For 123 years, the Homestead Act offered opportunity to countless Americans. Now, with the help of the National Park Service, the monument commemorating the act has the opportunity to expand.
Homestead National Monument of America west of Breatrice was founded by President Franklin Roosevelt.
The 215-acre park includes the homestead of Daniel Freeman, the first person to file a claim under the act.
The proposed expansion would add 15 acres to the park and see a two-story heritage center built on park land.
Planning for the project began in 1997 and layouts and conceptual designs have been completed.
The National Parks Service has allocated four-and-a-half million dollars to begin construction in 2009.
If completed as planned the two-story multipurpose Heritage Center will house more than 52-thousand artifacts.
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