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Sense of Place
October 26, 2020

In honor of the 5th anniversary of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, AHF is pleased to make its documentary film A Sense of Place available online. In 2006, the Los Alamos National Laboratory had just completed the restoration of the “V Site” (photo). Located in a secure area of the laboratory, the “V Site” […]

5th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park
October 26, 2020

Join us in celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park! The official signing ceremony with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz  that established the new Park was held on November 10, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge Today). The Park has three […]

In Memoriam: Helene Suydam
October 7, 2020

On August 3, 2020, Helene Suydam died peacefully in her sleep at age 100. John Ruminer, member of the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Historical Society, described Helene as “an iconic member of our community.  Her sixty-plus years on Bathtub Row touched the lives of many of our best-known historical families.  She had […]

AHF Publishes New “Ranger in Your Pocket” Programs
June 25, 2019

The Atomic Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of two new “Ranger in Your Pocket” online interpretive programs on African Americans and the Manhattan Project and the environmental legacy of the nuclear site at Hanford, Washington. In viewing these programs, students, online audiences around the world, and visitors to the Manhattan Project National Historical […]

New Partnership to Preserve Manhattan Project History
June 24, 2019

With an agreement signed on June 28, 2019, the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History (pictured) are forging a new partnership to preserve the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age. This significant agreement will ensure that the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s extensive collection of oral histories, interpretive […]

In Memoriam: Geoffrey Chew
April 25, 2019

On the evening of April 12, 2019, esteemed physicist Dr. Geoffrey Chew passed away at the age of 94. Chew was born in Washington, D.C. in 1924. After receiving his B.S. in Physics from George Washington University in 1944, he was recommended by one of his professors to join Edward Teller’s team on the Manhattan […]

AHF Launches “Oak Ridge Innovations” Program
April 17, 2019

“Nuclear medicine, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons. All of that goes back to Oak Ridge,” explains Denise Kiernan, bestselling author of The Girls of Atomic City. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has been a center for nuclear research since General Leslie Groves selected it as the Manhattan Project’s uranium enrichment site in 1942. Today, Oak Ridge is the […]

In Memoriam: Ed Westcott
April 1, 2019

AHF joins Oak Ridgers and Manhattan Project families in mourning the loss of our friend James Edward “Ed” Westcott, the official photographer for the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Ed died on March 29, 2019 in his home in Oak Ridge at the age of 97. As Cindy Kelly, AHF President, commented, “Ed Westcott’s […]

History Article Roundup – January-March 2019
March 19, 2019

Here is a roundup of interesting content published recently related to the Manhattan Project, World War II, and nuclear history: DOE needs more time for K-25 history projects: Oak Ridge Today reports that the Department of Energy has requested more time to complete its K-25 History Center and related interpretive and preservation projects. Ernest Lawrence’s […]

Report from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
March 18, 2019

Cindy Kelly, founder and president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), traveled in Japan from February 7 to 22, 2019, visiting Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The purpose was to talk to Japanese government officials, museum directors, university professors, and hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) about the atomic bomb and its legacy.  Four years ago on May 1, […]