The Manhattan Project Heritage and Preservation Association (MPHPA) was an organization focused on Manhattan Project veterans and their children. Michael Vickio, President and founder of the MPHPA, died suddenly in late September 2005 in Montour Falls, New York. His death was a great loss as he was passionate about preserving the Manhattan Project history. Under his leadership, MPHPA created an excellent website and forum for veterans and their families. In March 2006, the MPHPA's Board entered into an agreement with the Atomic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving the history of the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Age, to purchase the assets and continue the mission of the MPHPA.
Since 2006, the Atomic Heritage Foundation has been moving the wealth of information from the MPHPA's website onto the AHF website. As of April 2015, the AHF has succeeded in uploading the majority of profiles, photographs, and other documents to the AHF website. As a result, the MPHPA website, which was extremely old and in danger of being hacked, has been taken down permanently.
We hope you will enjoy the MPHPA's collections in their new home on the Atomic Heritage Foundation website. We are still in the process of adding some profiles and photos taken from the MPHPA website, but we should have everything up soon. We are aware that there are some broken links and redirects and are working to fix those as quickly as possible.
Many thanks to Manhattan Project veteran James A. Schoke for his generous donation to support the transfer of the MPHPA archive to the AHF website.
Some of the most popular sections from the MPHPA website can now be found on the AHF website here:
- Manhattan Project Veterans Database: Includes thousands of profiles of Manhattan Project veterans, many taken from the MPHPA
- History: This section provides an overview of the history of the Manhattan Project, the key organizations involved, the science behind the bomb, and more.
- Little Boy and Fat Man: Description of the bombs
- 509th Composite Group: MPHPA photo collection coming soon.
- Atomic Timeline