Distance Learning

Go Underground with Cold War history

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Grade Level:
High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
Science,Social Studies
State Standards:
South Dakota Social Studies Content Standards:
9-12.H.3.5 - Assess the causes, events, and impacts of the Cold War on domestic and international affairs in American history.
9-12.H.2.5 - Analyze multiple and complex effects related to the Cold War


Minuteman Missile National Historic Site preserves two facilities that were once part of a Minuteman Missile field that covered the far western portion of South Dakota from 1963 through the early 1990's. There were 15 Launch Control Facilities that commanded and controlled 150 Launch Facilities (Missile Silos) holding Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. Two of these facilities survive in their historic state. Your class will join a ranger at Launch Control Center Delta-01, 31 feet underground, to explore the Minuteman II system's role as a nuclear deterrent during the Cold War and visit sites rarely seen by civilians while in use, but that nevertheless loomed large on the geo-political landscape.

High school lessons will focus on Cold War history and nuclear proliferation. 

Due to staffing and the onset of increased visitation, distance learning programs can only be scheduled from November 1st to April 1st of each year. For more information and details, please contact Park Ranger Emily Devereaux by phone at (605)-433-5552 ext. 1242 or by e-mail.


Last updated: June 13, 2018