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Update August 18, 2008: After several years of planning, the National Park Service canceled plans to expand the visitor center. Read the NPS official press release of August 18, 2008.
Webmaster's Note: Below you'll find background information regarding the expansion and various NPS press releases. We'll temporarily provide this information as a reference.
April 8, 2005: The following is a briefing statement issue April 8, 2005 by Superintendent Darrell Cook regarding the expansion of the visitor center museum at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
The justification to consider expansion of the existing theater is based on several shortcomings of the current building design. The theater is a converted basement area with a minimal seating capacity and does not meet fire code egress requirements. The theater is not handicap accessible and has an unsafe stairway entrance. Museum collections, storage and displays are insufficient to meet curation standards and the visitors are losing an opportunity to view these collections. Current interpretive programs are conducted outside on the patio, which lacks sufficient seating capacity and during inclement weather the overhead canopy provides minimal shelter. The main park road, sidewalks, and trails are within a few yards of the outdoor patio area. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic are disruptive to the Interpretative programs.
Proposed plans for the visitor center expansion. This view shows the expansion compared to the current visitor center and the 7th Cavalry Monument.
Detailed proposed plans -- The east side would extend about 10 feet beyond the current patio. The north side would branch out about 15 feet to the current sidewalk. The west side would extend about 10-15 feet which would be additional space for archival material.
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