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Manhattan Project Sites News

Manhattan Project Sites News

An African-American worker at Hanford

In 2018, we look forward to strengthening our partnerships with the National Park Service, Department of Energy, National Park Foundation, local Manhattan Project communities and organizations around the country. Our overarching goal is to tell the story of the Manhattan Project through the voices of the participants as well as provide expert commentary on diverse aspects of its legacy for science and society.

On January 8, the National Park Foundation published a blog post, Interpreting the Legacy of the Manhattan Project, featuring the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and AHF's work to preserve and interpret the history of the Manhattan Project. 

This spring, AHF will be publishing an expanded version of our  Guide to the Manhattan Project in Washington State , in partnership with the B Reactor Museum Association. Thanks to support from the City of Richland and Betsy and Warren Dean, the revised guidebook will highlight the new National Historical Park, additional historic sites, the role of the railroads at Hanford, and expand sections on Native Americans and African-Americans at Hanford.  

The Tri-Cities area is proving to be a popular science tourism destination. In 2018, the Tri-Cities will host the American Chemical Society's regional meeting as well as the Eastern Washington Section of the American Nuclear Society. According to the Tri-City Herald, "The chemical society was reportedly attracted by the opportunity for members to visit the Hanford B Reactor museum and the Hanford LIGO Observatory, where scientists helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves."

In other Tri-Cities news,  the Tri-City Herald reports that Pasco has received two grants "to survey properties associated with the African-American heritage in east Pasco."   In the 1940s, segregation severely restricted where thousands of African-American workers and their families could live. Blacks were not allowed to live in Kennewick, and only full-time workers could live in Richland. As a result, many African-Americans settled in Pasco, where they were further restricted to housing east of the railroad tracks. The Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the National Park Service are contributing funds for the project.