December 2011
Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State
AHF Releases Annual Report
AHF Awarded $165,000 Murdock Grant
Preserving Locomotives at Hanford
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We celebrate the end of a productive year with heartfelt thanks to our contributors. Most of all, we hope that you will join us in our New Year's wish that Congress designates a Manhattan Project National Historical Park. After more than a decade, this goal is now within reach. What better way to recognize the seventieth anniversary of the Manhattan Project.  Please consider making a donation to help us make the Park a reality!  Thanks very much.


Guide to the Manhattan Project 

in Washington State


guest houseThe Atomic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the publication of A Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State, the third guidebook of our Manhattan Project series.


The guide explores the wartime history of Washington State focusing on its pivotal role in the Manhattan Project. The 625-square-mile Hanford site produced the plutonium fuel for the "Fat Man" bomb used over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945. During the course of World War II, over 150,000 people worked on the top secret effort.


To order a copy, please visit our store on our website and or call us at 202-293-0045. You can also order a set of the guidebooks on Amazon or our store for a special holiday price of $30 for all three guide books (New Mexico, Tennessee and Washington). 


AHF would like to extend a special thanks to Crystal Trust and M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust for providing the funds for the development and publication of this book. 

AHF Releases Annual Report


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Just last week, AHF released its 2011 Annual Report that captures the progress we have made on all initiatives and programs.


From drafting legislation for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park to revamping all of AHF's online platforms, we have had a productive year. We have also filmed an additional six Manhattan Project veterans, published two guidebooks on the Manhattan Project, hosted our third Teachers' Workshop in New Mexico, and revised the B Reactor guide and vignettes. We have worked on preservation efforts at all three Manhattan Project sites and provided recommendations for the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Sites Theme Study. 


We are proud of our accomplishments this year and look forward to 2012 and the prospects of Congressional action on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Stay tuned for new developments by reading our newsletters! 


To request a copy of our annual report, please call us at 202-293-0045. The online version of our annual report will also be made available on our website soon. 

AHF Awarded $165,000 Murdock Grant  
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Roger Rohrbacher, Manhattan Project veteran, in B Reactor
The Atomic Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce a $165,000 grant awarded by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust early December 2011. 


The grant will be used for the publication of the Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State. Additionally, the funds are for some important interpretive projects at Hanford including filming Manhattan Project veterans, digitizing our collection of oral histories for internet access, developing 30 original vignettes on the Manhattan Project and its legacy at Hanford, and creating a model of the 100-B Reactor compound area. 


A second phase of funds is anticipated to preserve the existing Bruggemann ranch property and create an interpretive center at the site by 2015. 


We would like to extend a sincere thanks to the Murdock Trust for funding these projects. To view our previous video work for another Murdock grant, please visit our YouTube channel at: Roger Rohrbacher (pictured above), a Manhattan Project veteran who worked on the B Reactor at Hanford, can be found in our vignettes on YouTube, among many others. 
Preserving Locomotives at Hanford  
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Locomotive at Hanford
Thanks to generous contributions from Watson Warriner and Clay Perkins, one of the locomotive trains at Hanford behind the B Reactor will have a fresh coat of orange and black paint next year. 
The locomotive trains were used to construct reactors, chemical separation plants, and other crucial facilities for Manhattan Project operations. 
The Atomic Heritage Foundation hopes to design interpretive panels that will explain the historical significance of the newly painted locomotive. For further reading on the locomotives, we recommend our Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State
This as an exciting time for those who care about preserving the Manhattan Project for future generations. To realize the full potential of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, we need as strong a partnership as there was for the original Manhattan Project. Your contributions help us continue to work on preserving the Manhattan Project's historic sites and creating a national historical park. 
Thank you very much for your support, and best wishes for a happy holiday season!


Atomic Heritage Foundation