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Contact: Chris Wilkinson, 605-433-5552 ext. 1241
Cactus Flat, SD - Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is moving into its new visitor center and beginning operations at the facility on Monday, November 24th. The new visitor center is on the north side of exit 131, Interstate 90. It is easily recognizable from the highway. The park has been headquartered out of a temporary facility on the south side of the same exit for over a decade. The new facility contains 7,300 square feet of space and will eventually contain 2,500 square feet of exhibits interpreting the Cold War and the Minuteman Missile weapons systems role in during the period in our nation's history. The exhibits will be installed in the late spring of 2015. A new park film is also now under production. It is due to be completed in 2016.
The park will have an official grand opening and dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. For the time being the park will continue to use temporary exhibits and also show a twelve minute park orientation film, Partners For Peace. "We are extremely excited to move into our new visitor center. The new facility will further help tell the Minuteman story, which continues right up to the present." said Chief of Interpretation & Education Chris Wilkinson.
The new visitor center will be open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m throughout the winter.. Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 will be openduring this time as well. Ranger-led tours of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 will still be given at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets for tours are available on a first come, first served basis. All park facilities will be closed for the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day holidays.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is headquartered on the north side of exit 131, Interstate 90 where the Visitor Center is located. The park was established by Congress in 1999 to tell the story of the Minuteman ICBM system, including the development of the system, the personnel who served at the 1,000 sites throughout the upper Great Plains, and the impact of the system on the communities nearby. Administration of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 and Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 was transferred from the United States Air Force in September 2002 to the National Park Service.
More information about the site can be found on the internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by phone at: 605-433-5552 ext. 1237. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinutemanMissileNHS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/mimi_ranger
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