Learn about secrecy, security, and spies in a program presented by the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge on Friday, July 8. The program will start at 3 p.m. July 8 at the Oak Ridge Turnpike Gatehouse on the west end of town.
“The program will give visitors some insight to what life was like in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project, with all the security, the need for secrecy, and the worry of spies,” a press release said.
It’s free and open to the public. Parking is limited, so please try to carpool if possible. The gatehouse is also at a trail head for the North Boundary Greenway, and visitors can go for a self-guided hike after the program.
Visitors that are taking the U.S. Department of Energy public tour are encouraged to attend the program after the tour.
The gatehouse is located at 2900 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. Visitors can access the Turnpike Gatehouse from Oak Ridge by following the Oak Ridge Turnpike west as if you are leaving town. Parking will be next to the gatehouse on the north side of the road. Maps are available at the National Park desk in the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
The Manhattan Project was a top-secret federal project to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II. Oak Ridge was a production site for the Manhattan Project.
You can learn more about the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which also includes Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, by visiting this website: https://www.nps.gov/mapr/oakridge.htm. For more information or directions, contact the Manhattan Project National Historical Park at (865) 576-6767.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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