(INTERIOR, S.D.) - Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, the 379th unit of the National Park Service, announces the construction of a new visitor center. The present visitor contact station has been co-located with the administrative offices in a temporary facility since 2004. The contract to build the visitor center has been awarded to J. Scull Construction Service of Rapid City, South Dakota and groundbreaking is scheduled to occur within the next 30 days, with a projected opening date of November 2014. When completed, the new building will be approximately 7,300 square feet of educational displays, theater, retail space for our Eastern National sales outlet, and the park’s administrative offices. “There have been a lot of people locally, at our regional office in Omaha, Nebraska, and the National Park Service Harpers Ferry Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia that have worked very hard to make this happen. We believe our visitors will be very pleased with the facility and visitor services offered at the new location”, said Duane Bubac, Acting Superintendent of Minuteman. “Completion of the visitor center will allow us to better serve our visitors as growth in visitation, and interest in the Cold War and the Minuteman missile system continues to increase”, said Lead Ranger Butch Davis, interpretive supervisor at Minuteman. Planned displays will include the beginnings of the Cold War, nuclear arms build-up, displays about the people, and their duties, that prevented the Cold War from becoming World War III, a historical timeline, and thought-provoking inquiries from the Cold War and after, to name just a few.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site was established to preserve, and tell the story of, the Minuteman’s role in preserving peace and deterring war between the United States and former Soviet Union during the Cold War.
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