The National Cold War Center Honored with Arkansas Delta Byways Innovation Award
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – The National Cold War Center was honored with an Arkansas Delta Byways Innovation Award on May 2 for its inventive efforts in promoting tourism in the Arkansas Delta.
Arkansas Delta Byways presented the Innovation Award to the National Cold War Center on the center’s campus in Blytheville. The ceremony coincided with Arkansas Tourism Week, which takes place May 2-6.
“These past two years have been very challenging for the tourism industry, especially in our area. However, true to our heritage, culture and people, Delta perseverance prevailed!” said Marcel Hanzlik, president of Arkansas Delta Byways, in a letter congratulating the National Cold War Center.
Arkansas Delta Byways is the official promotional association for the 15-county tourism region that runs the length of the Mississippi Delta area that makes up Arkansas’ eastern border.
“We are flattered to receive an Innovation Award from Arkansas Delta Byways. We are a national organization that welcomes visitors from across the globe, but we are incredibly thankful to call the Delta home,” said Liz Smith, secretary of the National Cold War Center’s Board of Directors. “We are honored to play a role in promoting tourism in this great region of Arkansas.”
The National Cold War Center is located on the campus of the former Blytheville Air Force Base (originally known as the Blytheville Army Airfield), which opened in 1942 as a training facility for World War II pilots. In 1958, the base was converted to a Strategic Air Command alert mission and remained a key U.S. military command for three decades – through events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the signing of the treaties that officially ended the Cold War in the early 1990s.