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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site:
Protecting a Legacy of the Cold War--
Supplementary Resources

By studying Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Protecting a Legacy of the Cold War students learn about the Cold War and the vital part played by the weapons system during the conflict. The following is a list of websites where students will find excellent research materials and information related to the Cold War and Minuteman Missiles:

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park Service. The park's website has several historic studies online that place the Minuteman weapons system in its proper historic context.

USSTRATCOM (formerly Strategic Air Command)
Visit the USSTRATCOM website for more information on this command in charge of our defensive missile system. On June 1, 1992, with the Berlin Wall down and the Soviet Union nonexistent, the Air Force stood down Strategic Air Command, where it took its place in the history books of the Cold War. That same day, President George H. Bush established a new unified command, U.S. Strategic Command, but still in charge of Minuteman. Its mission of deterrence is similar, but its structure and role reflects the changing international political landscape.

CNN Cold War
The major news network CNN did a fabulous documentary series on the Cold War, this website listed below contains excellent resources.

The Cold War Museum
An online museum with a detailed timeline and explanation of major events that occurred during the Cold War. The website also includes fascinating historical accounts of military and espionage activities.

Cold War Files
An online classroom filled with resources for high schools students, developed by the Cold War International History project.

Air Force Link
Air Force Link is the official World Wide Web site of the United States Air Force. Visit this site for more information on the Minuteman's role in today's national defense system.

14 Days in October: The Cuban Missile Crisis
14 Days in October: The Cuban Missile Crisis, an interactive web site sponsored by Thinkquest, explores both sides of the Cuban Missile Crisis highlighting the people, actions, and beliefs that destroyed Eisenhower's earlier attempts at peace and reconciliation.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress's on-line exhibit of Soviet Archives includes a detailed analysis of Soviet-American relations and translations of Soviet primary documents.

Library of Congress: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)/ Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Collection
Search the HABS/HAER collection for detailed drawings, pictures, and documentation from their survey of various Minuteman Missile facilities. HABS/HAER is a division of the National Park Service.


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