The director of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in New Mexico will speak in Oak Ridge on Tuesday.
The talk by the director, Jim Walther, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January, 22, at the American Museum of Science and Energy, which relocated to renovated space near JCPenney at Main Street Oak Ridge in October.
The talk is hosted by the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association and AMSE.
“Make your plans now to attend this exceptional event,” a press release said. “The evening public forum meeting is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Jim Walther will provide unique museum insights to help us learn more about the opportunities that may be available to Oak Ridge and our museums from an experienced museum professional of 39 years.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is locate in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Walther served as the museum’s director since the relocation of the museum to Albuquerque in 1996, the press release said. He will talk about the growth and expansion of the museum.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is a “sister” museum of AMSE, the press release said. Walther will outline the details of how the museum evolved from the National Atomic Museum operated by the U.S. Department of Energy into today’s successful, sustainable nonprofit museum.
“This is a path AMSE is now on, so learning from someone who has travelled the road before us is valuable,” the press release said.
Walther received his bachelor’s degree in visual arts from West Virginia University’s School of the Arts. He has worked in the museum business for 39 years, the press release said.
Walther previously served as the vice president of programs and exhibits at The Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as the director of exhibits at Cumberland Science Museum and Grassmere Wildlife Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge staff and the Manhattan Project National Historical Park staff are special invited guests to this event.
Addditional benefit is expected for the newly formed Oak Ridge History Museum, which is located in the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road.
“This museum is off to a great start, and the volunteer staff is to be commended,” the press release said. “We are anxious to gain feedback from Jim Walther for avoiding pitfalls and making even more progress.”
The American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 115 Main Street East near JCPenney and across from the new TownePlace Suites hotel.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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