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Contact: Alison Shoup, 605-433-5552, ext. 1242
Contact: Eric Leonard, email@example.com
Cactus Flat, SD –The staff and volunteers of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site invite the public to preview the visitor center exhibits on the afternoon of Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Scheduled to be installed late this year, the exhibits will explore the life and challenges of the men and women who worked in the South Dakota missile field for a generation. Interactives, artifacts, and other components will provide insight into the larger context of the Cold War, including the Soviet counterpart to the Minuteman II Missile.
A number of exhibit panel proofs will be available to illustrate a part of the coming exhibits. A series of short films will also be included in the exhibit, and one of these films will make its public debut as part of the event on Saturday; "Meet the Missileers" is a seven minute film utilizing interviews with former missileers discussing their work on the frontline of the Cold War. The public debut of Meet the Missileers will occur at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
At 3:00 p.m. historian David Mills will present a program on South Dakota during the Cold War. His recent book, Cold War in a Cold Land: Fighting Communism on the Northern Plains explores the experiences of the northern plains states during this time.
"Park staff have worked for several years to develop these exhibits, and we are excited to share this preview and look forward to the installation of the complete exhibits later this year," said Superintendent Eric Leonard.
During the following week, the visitor center will transition to off-season operational hours, open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Ranger guided tours of Launch Control Facility Delta-01 are available on weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Launch Facility (Missile Silo) Delta-09 is also open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's headquarters and visitor center is located off of exit 131, Interstate 90. The park consists of three sites located along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 in Western South Dakota. Established by Congress in 1999, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves components of the Minuteman II intercontinental ballistic missile system, interpreting the deterrent value of the land-based portion of America's nuclear defense during the Cold War era and commemorating the people and events associated with this recent period of American history. Resources feature the Launch Facility, Delta-09, where a Minuteman missile is housed in its underground silo and the Launch Control Facility, Delta-01, where Air Force personnel controlled and maintained ten nuclear missiles, part of a force of 150 missiles located in South Dakota. 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 athttps://twitter.com/mimi_ranger
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