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Press Release
October 20, 2008

National Archives to Dedicate New National Personnel Records Center Annex Facility

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Valmeyer, IL…The National Archives and Records Administration will formally dedicate its new National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) Annex Facility in the Rock City Admiral Parkway development (1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2008. Speakers scheduled to participate include U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello (D-IL, 12th), Illinois State Senator Dave Luechtefeld (R-IL, 58th), Illinois State Representative Dan Reitz (D-IL, 116th), Monroe County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dale Haudrich, Monroe County Clerk Dennis Knobloch, and Valmeyer Mayor Howard Heavner. The event will also feature a flag-raising ceremony and refreshments. The ceremony is by invitation only, and is open to the working press.

The Valmeyer Annex is located in a retrofitted limestone cave. The approximately 400,000 square foot building has a total storage capacity of nearly two million cubic feet of records. The building will primarily house temporary records—mostly military medical treatment records and records for civilian Federal personnel who retired after 1973. The move to the new building is scheduled to be completed by November 2009.

The National Archives recently announced that it will also lease a new, built-to-suit facility at 1829 Dunn Road in St. Louis County as its main building. This building will house approximately 2.3 million cubic feet of archival and permanent records, including Official Military Personnel Files and Official Personnel Folders of Federal civilian employees. Together, the Dunn Road facility and the Valmeyer Cave Annex will replace the current NPRC buildings currently located at 111 Winnebago Street and 9700 Page Avenue in St. Louis.

“The Valmeyer Annex will allow us to securely and cost-effectively store these important records for the military and civilian personnel who have so ably served our country,” said NPRC Director Ronald Hindman. “Together with the Dunn Road building, these two facilities will allow us to fulfill our mission of protecting and providing ready access to these records.”

Admiral Parkway, Inc, developed the site. The National Archives and Admiral Parkway, Inc. have entered into a 20-year lease for the building.

The Press is Invited to Cover the Ceremony.

  • The site is located at 1411 Boulder Boulevard.

  • The ceremony begins promptly at 1:30 p.m.

  • Directions from the Jefferson Barracks Bridge:
    • Drive I-255 East crossing into Illinois.
    • Merge onto IL-3S via Exit 6 toward Columbia, IL.
    • Take Palmer Road exit toward Quarry Road.
    • Turn right onto Palmer Road/CR-6S which becomes Bluff Road and travel approximately 14 miles.
    • Turn left onto Quarry Road and follow it to 1411 Boulder Boulevard.

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For press information, contact Kimberly Gentile, Assistant Director, Civilian Personnel Records Center, 314-801-9221, kimberly.gentile@nara.gov.

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