• Manhattan Project National Historical Park Officially Established

    November 12, 2015

    This week, Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed an agreement officially establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This park, comprised of three former laboratories whose work was critical to the Manhattan Project, includes sites located in Los Alamos, NM, Hanford, WA; and, Oak Ridge, TN. Over many years, the National Trust has worked tirelessly with partners and the U.S. Congress to achieve a stated goal – to create a national park which acknowledges scientific innovation while depicting the complexities associated with this era of the American experience.

    Secretary Moniz praised achievements emerging from the work of the Manhattan Project. The new park, he stated, “will provide the platform for our citizenry to understand the roots of this history and what it means for future responsibilities.” Secretary Jewell remarked how the park “can more widely tell the human story” of the 600,000 people who worked on the Manhattan project. “We are a country,” she stated, “that strives to tell the complete story.”

    With the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park becomes one of over 50 national historical parks, including Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, and Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

    On December 21, 2014, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was created, permitting the Departments of Energy and Interior a twelve-month window to agree on planning and management approaches necessary to establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The DOE and DOI estimate park planning will take two or more years, with three to five years needed to prepare the three sites for public access. Though park planning has yet to begin, locally-based museums and tours are currently available at each site with these amenities fully open to the public.

    As one of the nation’s few national parks to focus on technology and industry, the Manhattan Project Park will engage the public in understanding innovative technology and engineering while creating sites which reflect on the legacy surrounding this era of American history.

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  • New national park highlights Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb

    January 6, 2015

    Excerpted from Los Angeles Times:

    Want to take a long road trip halfway across the country to see where the atomic bomb was born? It doesn't sound like the makings for a typical summer getaway, but the newly created Manhattan Project National Historic Park may change all that. The park, designated as part of a bigger defense measure signed by President Obama this month, is to include three far-apart U.S. government lab sites in Hanford, Wash.; Los Alamos, N.M.; and Oak Ridge, Tenn. "Each of the Manhattan Project sites and structures add an important piece to the multifaceted story of thousands of people working across the country at incredible speed to develop and detonate an atomic bomb in secrecy," says an online story by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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  • Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act Passes in the House

    December 8, 2014

    Great News!! On December 4th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes a provision to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Passing by a vote of 300 – 119, this legislation will create a three-unit national park with individual units established at Los Alamos, NM; Hanford, WA; and Oak Ridge, TN. We anticipate legislation will move swiftly, with the Senate expected to pass this bill without amendments before adjourning for the Christmas recess. Passage could occur as early as next week.

    Establishment of this national park will ensure the protection of Manhattan Project sites for the American public and future generations. These resources include Hanford’s first-of-its-kind B Reactor, Oak Ridge, Tennessee’s Y-12 calutron plant, and Los Alamos, New Mexico’s laboratories where the first atomic weapons were assembled. Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb explains, “When I write about history, it is essential for me to visit the places where the historical events happened. There are always surprises. It is one thing to a read document or interview people; but it is another thing to see the places where history happened."

    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will become one of the nation’s few parks to focus on American industry and to highlight the work of physicists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians and other scientists. The park could become a catalyst for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and increasing understanding of the nexus connecting science and society. Creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park has been many years in the making and creates opportunity for current and future generations to better understand this indisputable turning point in world history.

  • Introducing Manhattan Project Historic Sites

    July 19, 2012

    I’m Nancy Tinker, the National Trust’s project manager for the Manhattan Project. I’ll be providing you frequent updates as we work with the United States Congress and partnering organizations to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    In the last week, there has been movement in the House of Representatives, with the House Natural Resources Committee approving by unanimous consent legislation (H.R. 5987) to establish the three-unit national historical park. A hearing by the full House should follow shortly, with similar activity anticipated in the Senate.

    Which brings me to activity occurring this week. The National Trust has issued an action alert requesting that our membership contact Congress to encourage co-sponsorship of the legislation creating the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. While time is short, the National Trust believes it is not too late for this Congress to take action before they adjourn at the end of the year.

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