AMSE summer camp registration under way

AMSE Summer Camp

Campers use a microscope during an AMSE Science Explorer summer camp at Freels Bend Cabin in Oak Ridge.

Parents of upcoming fifth, sixth and seventh graders can register their students now for the Science Explorer Camp conducted by the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

AMSE educators will lead campers in a variety of science themed activities plus a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and special presentations by ORNL researchers during the two weekly sessions offered June 10-14 and June 17-21 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost for the week of camp for AMSE members is $150 and non-members is $175.

Both one-week camp sessions, scheduled Monday through Friday, will be held at the Freels Bend Cabin site, where campers will study insects, habitats, water, life science, weather, geology, and fossils. Campers will also do activities and projects with flight, electricity, and robots. [Read more...]

Historic preservationists tour Freels Bend Cabin

ORHPA at Freels Bend Cabin

Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association member D. Ray Smith, left, starts a Thursday evening tour of Freels Bend Cabin, the oldest structure in Oak Ridge.

Built in 1844, the Freels Bend Cabin is the oldest structure in Oak Ridge, and Ruby Shanks lived there for a few years in the 1940s, when she was a teenager.

“It was a beautiful place,” Shanks told historic preservationists during a meeting at the cabin in south Oak Ridge last week. “We loved it.”

The unusual setting for last week’s Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association meeting gave about 60 people a rare opportunity to see the cabin, which is on restricted U.S. Department of Energy land.

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A chance to see Freels Bend Cabin, city’s oldest structure

Freels Bend Cabin

A nonprofit organization will have its monthly meeting at the Freels Bend Cabin on Thursday, a rare opportunity to see the oldest structure in Oak Ridge.

The regular monthly meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association is not unusual, but the location this week is.

The ORHPA will meet Thursday at Freels Bend Cabin, providing a rare opportunity to see the oldest structure in Oak Ridge.

Built in 1844, the cabin is on U.S. Department of Energy land, and access to it is normally restricted.

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