For this #MaterialCultureMonday
we present the next installment highlighting the NCPH’s History@Work
blog series! Today we take a quick look at Billy Marino’s, “Cold War Legacies: Preservation and Use at Historic Sites,” which examines the way historic sites related to Cold War history vacillate between being dismantled and reused or preserved for future generations. The decision to preserve or reuse is not an easy one, and when it comes to the massive and expensive technology-based material culture of the Cold War, it is even harder to argue against adapting these structures for new uses. The launchpads that took Apollo astronauts to the Moon, and Shuttle astronauts to Earth’s orbit now launch SpaceX’s Falcon rockets and continue to make history. Closer to home here in the West, the Nevada Test Site is another famous Cold War site, the place where a majority of US nuclear bombs were tested, nuclear rockets were developed, and Apollo astronauts trained. But while tours are offered, many sites are repurposed for new research and development. More than anything, the legacies of Cold War material culture offers a fantastic example to play with the ideas of preservation and use, allowing us to consider the best way to use the material culture of the past. For more to consider and the sources of these photos be sure to visit the article at the link in the bio!