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Manhattan Project History

Manhattan Project History

Museums and the Atomic Age

Many museums have explored the history of nuclear science, technology, and politics. These museums vary greatly in geographical location, size, and scope. Some are dedicated solely to the historic preservation and interpretation of some aspect of the atomic age. Others have different areas of specialty but have chosen to feature nuclear history as it relates to their primary topic. One thing these diverse institutions do share, however, is the goal of engaging the public with this complex and polarizing history.

Mail Censorship

Mail censorship was a crucial aspect of the secrecy of the Manhattan Project. Individuals at Los Alamos remember situations where mail censorship disrupted their lives.

Civilian Displacement: Los Alamos, NM

To build the Los Alamos Laboratory, the Army took over the land of two dozen homesteaders, the Los Alamos Ranch School, and the Anchor Ranch.

Civilian Displacement: Hanford, WA

Before the Manhattan Project, about two thousand people lived in White Bluffs, Hanford, and Richland, WA or nearby. For centuries, four different Native American tribes enjoyed the land along Columbia River.

Los Alamos Before World War II

The Pajarito Plateau has been home to a number of inhabitants who have each uniquely shaped the landscape and history of the area.


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