N.D. Cold War video wins award

The State Historical Society of North Dakota won an award from the Mountain-Plains Museum Association for the video “America’s ‘Ace in the Hole’: The Cold War and North Dakota.” 

The 22-minute video was developed for visitors to the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown, a news release said.  Visitors come to see the front lines of the Cold War. 

The site consists of the Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility and the nearby November-33 Launch Facility.  These sites controlled and housed the nuclear-tipped Minuteman missile.  At the Oscar-Zero site, visitors are given a one-hour, fully-guided tour that focuses on the life of the Air Force members who worked and stayed at the site and specifics about how the site operated. 

After opening for tours July 13, 2009, the historical society recognized one item the site lacked was the ability to provide visitors with a greater context.  The video was created to provide a greater understanding of the Cold War and the evolution of nuclear weapons.