The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will celebrate renowned photographer Ed Westcott’s 96th birthday on Saturday. Westcott was the official government photographer in Oak Ridge during World War II, and if even you don’t know him, there is a good chance you have seen his wartime photos.
Oak Ridge was built during the war as part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret federal program to build the world’s atomic weapons, and Westcott’s photos can be seen in businesses around town, in historical presentations, and in news stories.
His birthday celebration on Saturday is one of the city’s 75th anniversary events. The celebration, which includes special activities with Westcott, is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, January 20, at the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road.
“Please make your plans now to stop by and wish our own local celebrity a happy 96th birthday!” ORHPA said. “You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see 40 of Ed’s most familar images framed and on display. This is a traveling exhibit of select images that has been displayed at the East Tennessee History Center, the National Archives at Atlanta, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.”
There will be cake and punch, ORHPA said.
“But we plan to have several surprises for both Ed and those of you who attend,” ORHPA said.
Here is a link to a trailer of a documentary film about Westcott. You can see the full feature film in Blu-ray at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
You can learn more about this and other 75th anniversary events here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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