Missiles and Modernism in the Everglades: Established in 1947, Everglades National Park today is home to a wide variety of unique natural and cultural resources. This bus and walking tour will visit the National Register-listed HM-69 Nike Missile Site, part of the permanent air defense system developed in south Florida following the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The National Park Service preserves and interprets the now-decommissioned missile site, including the missile launch pads, storage, and assembly buildings, as well as barracks and training facilities. Next, the tour will travel to the Flamingo Developed Area, one of the pilot projects in the National Park Service Mission 66 program of 1956–1966, to view National Park Service Modernist planning and architecture including the visitor center and other resources. Flamingo and the Everglades have been severely affected by hurricanes throughout history, most recently and severely by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. National Park Service cultural resources and interpretive personnel will participate in the tour and discuss challenges faced, and current planning and efforts to address threats to natural resources and the cultural landscape, and to make historic buildings and structures more resilient in the face of changing climate and increasingly frequent and severe storms.
Max Attendees: 28
Depart: InterContinental Hotel - bus departs at 8:30am