December 2010
2010 Annual Report
AHF in Physics & Society
Saving K-25
Oppenheimer Symposium
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Happy holidays from the Atomic Heritage Foundation! In the New Year, we have high expectations that the National Park Service, along with the Department of Energy, will jointly recommend a Manhattan Project National Historical Park to Congress. 

Then it will be up to the 112th Congress. With strong bipartisan support from the New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington delegations, we are optimistic that the new Congress will officially designate the park at Los Alamos, NM, Oak Ridge, TN and Hanford, WA. In addition, Manhattan Project sites such as the Trinity Site, NM, Wendover Air Field, UT and others may become affiliated areas over time. 

Here are some other highlights from 2010:

2010 Annual Report Released

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The Atomic Heritage Foundation just released its 2010 Annual Report that details the projects that the Foundation has been working on this past year. In addition, the report provides an update on key preservation efforts in Los Alamos, NM, Oak Ridge, TN and Hanford, WA. To downlad a PDF of the full report, please click here.

AHF Profiled by American Physical Society aps


The history of the Atomic Heritage Foundation's efforts to preserve historic Manhattan Project properties was published by the American Physical Society in their October 2010 Physics and Society newsletter. Work to create a national historical park began in 2003, and the first Manhattan Project property restored was the V-site in 2006. Read more

Saving K-25: A Work In Progress

The Atomic Heritage Foundation has been working to preserve the K-25 gaseous diffusion plant in Oak Ridge Tennessee. This historic building, which is over a mile long, was instrumental in producing enriched uranium that was used in the Little Boy atomic bomb.

After originally deciding to demolish the facility, the DOE is now taking a "second look" at whether a portion of K-25 can be preserved. Consultants have been brought in to determine the costs of preserving a portion of the facility and what role the facility could play in the interpretation of Oak Ridge's history. The results of these studies are expected early next year.

LAHS hosts Oppenheimer Symposium


In September, the Los Alamos Historical Society hosted the first Oppenheimer Symposium to bring together historians, preservationists, and the public in Los Alamos, New Mexico. During the two-day symposium, participants discussed the history of the house and fundraising strategies. Read more

Your support of AHF's efforts is key. If you would like to contribute, together we can meet our goals of preserving the Manhattan Project.

With the best wishes for the New Year,


Atomic Heritage Foundation