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, Project Manager
Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance are proud to announce the Alexander Inn Gala Preservation Celebration, an event scheduled for Oak Ridge, Tennessee on the evening of November 7th. Be the first to experience the newly restored and renovated historic Alexander Inn and celebrate this significant preservation achievement for East Tennessee and the nation. Step back in time and enjoy a 1950s era cocktail party while revisiting the Inn’s storied past and discovering its exciting new place as part of the future of Oak Ridge.
This special event will celebrate a multi-million dollar, year-long rehabilitation effort, with new ownership converting the former hotel to use as an assisted living facility. Constructed for World War II’s Manhattan Project, the Alexander Inn originally housed Manhattan Project scientists and military leaders. Manhattan Project guests included General Leslie Groves, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, and physicists J. Robert Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi.
The successful rehabilitation of the Alexander Inn is an excellent example of how several entities can work together to save historic properties. This initiative involved a complex combination of assistance from the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, the Tennessee Historical Commission, the implementation of federal historic tax credits, and participation of the Department of Energy and the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board.
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.
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!