|Friday, Nov 25, 2005|
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Superintendent Mark Herberger announced the arrival of the site?s sixth permanent employee. Michael Hosking, a current Park Ranger with the National Park Service, has been selected to fill the Cultural Resource Specialist position at the former military installation. Hosking assumed his new responsibilities October 30, 2005. As the Cultural Resources Specialist, he will be managing a variety of resource-related operations including museum collections, historic research, compliance, and planning for future restoration projects at the site. Hosking will be focusing on drafting many of the site?s new guidance documents for historic structures and furnishings, accessing new artifacts, and cultural landscapes.
Hosking notes on his arrival to Minuteman Missile, ?I am thrilled to get in so early in the development of a historic site. Minuteman Missile has such a great story behind it and I look forward to be part of presenting all sides of this story.? He also stated that ?I had the opportunity to come and work at Minuteman Missile for a detail assignment in October 2004 and fell in love with the potential that it had. I did not think I would ever have the chance to work here though.? Hosking finds it exciting to have worked at the home of President Harry S Truman who was the president at the beginning of the Cold War and now he works at a site that commemorates that war and was established as a result of the ending of the Cold War.
Hosking has moved into a residence in Rapid City saying ?I have fallen in love with the beauty and diversity of the western part of South Dakota. The Badlands, grasslands and Black Hills are all spectacular and I wanted to locate where I had easy access to all of these wonderful locations.? He moves to this area with his wife Katrina. Superintendent Herberger said ?we are fortunate to have Mike as the newest member of our Minuteman team. He has built a solid background of historic preservation and museum work featuring 20th century history.?
Hosking grew up in Springfield, IL and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in U. S. History from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL and a Master of Arts degree in Public History from Murray State University, Murray KY. He started working for the National Park Service in 1994 as a seasonal Park Ranger at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, IL. He received his first permanent appointment as a Park Guide at Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, NJ in 1997. In 1999, he transferred to Harry S Truman NHS in Independence, MO as a Museum Technician where he has spent his last seven years.
?Minuteman Missile is entering our third year of operations with many developmental and planning efforts scheduled for the coming years? Herberger commented. ?It is a pleasure to have Mike on board. His position is the sixth and final permanent employee scheduled for the new historic site. Not only are some of his skills critical for site planning; now I can delegate plenty of items into his in-box.?
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site was established by Congress in 1999 to tell the story of the Minuteman ICBM system, including the development of the system, the personnel who served at the 1,000 nuclear missile sites throughout the upper Great Plains, and the impact the system had on the communities nearby. The U. S. Air Force transferred administration of the site to the National Park Service in 2002, and staff began planning and developmental operations in October 2003. More information about the site can be found on the Internet at www.nps.gov/mimi or by calling the planning office at (605) 433-5552.