Beatrice, Neb. -- With the federal government shutdown Homestead National Monument of America will be closed. This closure affects all visitor facilities and services. All scheduled programs and permitted activities during this shutdown period will be canceled or postponed. Hiking trails, picnic areas and parking lots will also not be accessible during this period.
This shutdown has an immediate effect on employees working within a Nebraska Landmark.
"Employees have been briefed on it, the majority of our employees will be placed on furlough status," said Homestead National Monument Park Supervisor Mark Engler.
Homestead National Monument is just one of more than 350 National Parks and Museums in the United States that have been shutdown. Officials say it means a loss of dollars for the state of Nebraska.
"We have a positive impact on the community as we've all read about what tourism dollars do in our communities," said Engler.
Mark Engler, Homestead Superintendent, urges visitors to monitor news activities surrounding the shutdown, since a number of special programs and activities are planned at the monument in the coming days. Once the shutdown is lifted, Homestead will resume its traditional hours of operation and public program schedule.