Friends of Nike Site Summit and the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation invite the public to their third annual open house and reception Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court, in Anchorage. The evening will include displays and information about the restoration of Site Summit, the former Nike Hercules missile battery atop Mount Gordon Lyon in Arctic Valley. Refreshments will be served and awards presented.
FONSS was formed by local volunteers in 2007 to advocate for the preservation of Nike Site Summit. In 2009, it partnered with the U.S. Army (now Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson), the National Park Service, and State Historic Preservation Officer to preserve the historic mountaintop fortress overlooking Arctic Valley. FONSS' mission is to preserve and interpret the site for the education of current and future generations about the Cold War, and by doing this memorialize the millions of veterans who served during the Cold War.
After stabilizing three sentry buildings in 2009 and 2010, FONSS last year began stabilization work on two larger, more damaged buildings. Work on the Missile Maintenance and Launch Control buildings continued in 2012 as preliminary work also was begun on FONSS’ newest challenge, saving the facility’s dog kennels. At the open house, a slide show presentation will showcase this summer’s accomplishments and FONSS’ plans for next summer.
There is still much work to be done, and FONSS is raising funds for more extensive work in 2013. FONSS had two successful public tours of the site last month and will conduct similar tours in cooperation with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in 2013.
Call 694-3570 or visit us at www.nikesitesummit.net for more information about the open house and the organization. FONSS is on Facebook at Friends of Nike Site Summit, and on Twitter, @_FONSS.
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