Past Meeting

At our public meeting on Sunday, November 18, 2012 the featured presentation was:


When the Cold War Cast Its Shadow upon the Great Valley:
The Paoli–Valley Forge Nike Missile Base, 1954-1964

by Roger D. Thorne


Today few remember that a mere 50 years ago the U.S. Army manned a base in the Great Valley, equipped with state-of-the-art guided missiles and prepared for the unthinkable: an atomic attack by the Soviet Union. Today no physical traces of those installations remain, only dozens of rare, unpublished images, and personal recollections from local residents and soldiers assigned to the base, many of which were used by Mr. Thorne in telling this story.


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