- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - The Homestead National Monument of America is hosting a campfire program to tell the story of a Rocky Mountain locust plague in the 1870s.

Ranger Molly Watters will discuss the plague’s impact on Saturday at 7 p.m. The event will explore the struggles that homesteaders faced throughout the Great Plains and how the nation responded.

The program will also feature John Bstanding, a local musician who sings and plays guitar.

The Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service, located four miles west of Beatrice. It’s open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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