2015 has been a groundbreaking year for the Atomic Heritage Foundation. After 15 years of collaborative effort, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park was officially established.
In June, the Foundation organized a two-day commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Manhattan Project. We were thrilled to have some 20 Manhattan Project veterans in attendance, along with hundreds of others interested in the Manhattan Project's history and legacy.
AHF also published a new, expanded edition of A Guide to the Manhattan Project in Tennessee, developed a new "Ranger in Your Pocket" tour on Hanford's Pioneers, and added dozens of interviews to our Voices of the Manhattan Project website.
As the year comes to a close, please consider making a year-end donation. With your help, we can:
- Expand our "Ranger in Your Pocket" online tours, so visitors from around the world can learn more about Manhattan Project innovations and the history of sites like Hanford's B Reactor, Bathtub Row at Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge.
- Grow the Manhattan Project Veterans Database, which now features 10,000 profiles.
- Make the "Voices of the Manhattan Project" website a robust central repository for oral histories about the Manhattan Project. The website now contains more than 350 interviews, including conversations with J. Robert Oppenheimer, General Leslie Groves, Dorothy McKibbin, and Hans and Rose Bethe. Your support will make it possible to add many more interviews from both veterans and archival collections.
- Bolster the educational resources on our website, including the Key Documents section, where you can access primary and secondary sources relating to the Manhattan Project and the development of nuclear weapons after World War II.
It is an exciting time for Manhattan Project history. As the park moves forward, your contribution will help us continue to work with the National Park Service, partner organizations, and local communities to preserve and interpret this important history.