Omaha Public Radio News
2:43 am
Wed April 2, 2008

National Historic Landmark Status sought for Union Station

Omaha, NE – The Durham Western Heritage Museum is seeking National Historic Landmark Status for the Union Station building.

Union Station opened in 1931 and was renovated in 1995. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Omaha City Council on Tuesday put its support behind the Museum's efforts, which means the application process can begin.

Shawna Forsberg, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Durham Western Heritage Museum, says the designation would boost tourism and enhance the Museum's marketing efforts. She says the application process is extensive and it could be several months before Museum officials know if Union Station will be designated as a National Historic Landmark.

The National Park Service bases a National Historic Landmark designation on several criteria, including a building's architecture and how the space is being used.

There currently are 20 National Historic Landmarks in Nebraska.