The Manhattan Project marked one of the most transformative events in world history: the development of the atomic bombs that ended World War II and set the stage for the Cold War. While the initiative’s early focus was weapons based, additional applications for nuclear energy were later developed, leading to advances in the newly-emergent fields of chemotherapy, high-speed computer technology, genomics, and bioengineering.
The Manhattan Project’s three primary sites – Los Alamos, NM; Hanford, WA; and Oak Ridge, TN – speak eloquently to the project’s enormous scale and the frantic, round-the-clock effort required to create an atomic weapon ahead of the enemy. These three locations were central to the mission of the Manhattan Project, and have been selected by the National Park Service as historic sites that would comprise the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
- Partner with the Department of Energy and local officials to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
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By Nancy Tinker
On Sunday evening, July 27, WGN will premiere a new television series, “Manhattan,” a beautifully executed period drama which brings 1940s’ Los Alamos, New Mexico, to vivid life. Tautly written and beautifully filmed, the story revolves around the top-secret Manhattan Project and the lives of Los Alamos’ (fictionalized) scientists and the family members accompanying them to New Mexico’s desert.
Written by Sam Shaw, of “Masters of Sex” fame, and Thomas Schlamme, director of “West Wing,” the 13-episode “Manhattan” series is a story which is at once provocative and engaging. This is the story of a world at war, the race to develop the first atomic weapon, and the moral implications confronting project scientists.
"Manhattan" premieres Sunday evening, July 27, at 9:00 pm ET. For additional information, follow this link: http://wgnamerica.com/shows/manhattan
Photo Credit: Great Beyond (via flickr)
Written by Jessica Pumphrey, Team Member
Last Friday, the Seattle Times published an opinion piece by poet and former Hanford engineer, Kathleen Flenniken, which spoke to the importance of preserving the three Manhattan Project sites. In the piece, Kathleen shares her experience living just outside of the Hanford community and growing up in a place where two-thirds of the nation’s nuclear arsenal was manufactured in secret.
You can read more of Kathleen’s article here.
The Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Reservation has posted a video which relays the construction and the history of the K-25 Site.
On June 14th, the House of Representatives voted to include the Manhattan Project National Historical Park as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In late November, a coalition of senators led by Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray proposed including Manhattan Project legislation in the Senate’s version of the bill. Considered “must pass” legislation, the Senate found itself confronted with addressing a total of 507 separate amendments which were proposed for inclusion in NDAA. Majority Leader Harry Reid had hoped decisions on defense authorization would be completed by the Thanksgiving holiday, but the process was greatly slowed by changes in Filibuster Rules.
On December 9th, the Senate passed the defense bill, but without the provisions necessary to include the Manhattan Project. With four working days remaining in the session, Congressional leaders “ping-ponged” defense authorization between the chambers, uniting in a desire to have legislation reach President Obama’s desk before year’s end.
It was “disappointing” to see the measure fail, but it was the closest the legislative effort has ever come to becoming law, said Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. McClenahan noted that there is bicameral, bipartisan support for the park, and that Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA), who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, has said he will attach legislation to 2014’s defense bill.
Bev on October 15, 2014
My father worked at the MetLab and rest of his career at ORNL. It was established that he died of the kind of lung cancer caused by contact with radioactive materials, so he literally gave his life to the Manhattan project without being drafted to fight in the military.
Ray Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn. on August 02, 2012
It’s hard to imagine an entire city [Oak Ridge] existing in secret. 60,000 acres set aside for one, top-secret purpose. A discovery so huge it could end a World War. It’s hard to imagine – but it’s true.
Take Action Today
Now that the House of Representatives has passed the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act, your Senators need to hear from you today to pass this bill to save these authentic sites for future generations. Time is running out on the 113th Session of Congress!