The Nike History Project is an historical project to document
former Nike missile installations worldwide. Internationally focused,
the project and its founder Donald E. Bender have assisted governments,
historical organizations and communities with efforts to preserve
these former Cold War era missile sites, to erect historical markers,
create exhibits, develop interpretive programs and publish
articles in relevant media.
A few of the projects we have participated in are listed below:
National Park Service
Aided the National Park Service by providing historical information and information
about relevant archival resources for a project to document and preserve a
rare above-ground Nike Hercules missile installation located within the
Everglades National Park.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Provided an historical overview of the Nike missile system which is being
by the Public Affairs Office in public meetings relating to the disposal of
former Nike missile sites within the former Washington DC-Baltimore Defense Area.
When the producer of an historical documentary about the Cold War in New
needed information about former Nike sites within this region, founder Donald E. Bender
provided the information needed to make this program an outstanding one.
Danish Foreign Policy Institute
Greenland's important Cold War role continues to be documented by the
Danish Foreign Policy Institute. The Nike History Project assisted Danish researchers
with historical information relating to various aspects of the Nike system.
Quonset Air Museum
Quonset Point, Rhode Island, USA
Provided historical information used to create a brochure and an
City of Duncanville
Assisted with historical information relating to the former Army Air Defense
Command Post located within this city for ceremonies dedicating a
historical marker on the site.
Union County Department of Recreation & Parks
New Jersey, USA
Created an historical overview of former Nike missile battery NY-73 which
within the woods of the Watchung Reservation, a county park, from 1958 through 1963.
Thule Defense Area
This new project will provide online information and images relating to
the history of the former
Thule Defense Area Nike missile batteries, the northernmost Nike installations in the world
which also contained many unique design features.
National Park Service
San Francisco, California
Nike battery SF-88L is the nation's only officially restored Nike missile battery and
is visited by thousands each year. The National Park Service asked founder Don Bender to
review and comment on its plans for the ongoing restoration and historical interpretation of
this historic site.
More information, articles, links and photos will be added in the near future. Please
visit again soon.
Please send your comments and questions to Don Bender