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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Learning from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
February 13, 2019

The Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the 7,700 members of the Mayors for Peace urge that the world remember the devastation and suffering caused by the world’s first atomic bombings. Their goal is both timely and urgent. Cynthia C. Kelly, founder and president of the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), will be traveling in Japan […]

Pearl Harbor and CP-1 Anniversaries
December 17, 2018

The first week of December included two important Manhattan Project and World War II anniversaries. December 2nd was the 76th anniversary of Chicago Pile-1 (CP-1) going critical at the University of Chicago. The Metallurgical Laboratory or “Met Lab” at UChicago was one of the most important branches of the Manhattan Project. Its primary role was to […]

Manhattan Project Sites News: October 2018
November 9, 2018

On October 18, Oak Ridge’s popular American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) opened in its new location at 115 Main Street East. Since the 1970s, the museum had been housed at 300 S. Tulane Avenue in a 50,000 square foot building. The new AMSE building is smaller, but includes updated exhibits and displays. (Pictured: […]

AHF Launches “Ranger in Your Pocket: Trinity Site” Program
October 4, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Val Fitch recalled being awestruck by the world’s first nuclear test, the Trinity Test: “It’s hard to overstate the impact on the senses of something like that. First the flash of light, that enormous fireball, the mushroom cloud rising thousands of feet in the sky, and then, a long time afterwards, the sound. The […]