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Home Duck and Cover Exhibit: Civil Defense in North Dakota

Duck and Cover Exhibit: Civil Defense in North Dakota

A new exhibit exploring how North Dakota prepared for a possible apocalypse is now open at the Main Library. Explore the paranoia of the Cold War through a mix of materials from the NDSU Archives, state and federal documents collections, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Fargo Public Library, and Cold War artifacts from a private collection.

Fearing a nuclear attack, the Department of Defense subtly altered the North Dakota landscape by adding hundreds of missile silos. It was not enough to be able to strike back; there was also a need to protect the civilian population from nuclear destruction and fallout. To prepare for this possibility, local governments were encouraged to identify rooms in public buildings such as libraries, court houses, and university campuses, where people could stay until the danger had passed.

The exhibit showcases fallout shelter supplies, building plans, and documentation of Civil Defense Preparedness in North Dakota. Fears of nuclear holocaust continue to inspire, and the basics of disaster preparation persist with publications from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. Enjoy the exhibit and ask yourself: Are you prepared?  

You can view an accompanying online exhibit of Duck and Cover here.

MSUM Campus News also did a great highlight of the exhibit you can watch here.

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Last updated: 4/3/2019