News and Articles
News and Articles
Happy New Year!
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Happy New Year from the Atomic Heritage Foundation, and best wishes for 2017! We hope you spent the holidays doing what you love. Perhaps you played some ice hockey, as the hardy Los Alamos Ranch School students enjoyed doing in their shorts on Ashley Pond in 1924.
Take Action to Preserve History
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
In 1941, a 15-year-old named Peter Lax and his family escaped Axis-dominated Hungary for America. Three years later, he joined the Manhattan Project. "It was like science fiction," he recalled. "I don't read science fiction, I lived through it."
75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Today, December 7, 2016, is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, or the "date which will live in infamy." In the attack, 2,403 American civilians and military personnel were killed and 1,178 wounded.
Chernobyl New Safe Containment Slid into Place
Thursday, December 1, 2016
On April 26, 1986, reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, suffered a meltdown and steam explosion. The accident, caused by reactor design flaws and human error, was the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.
Friendship Bell Restoration Plans Announced
Monday, November 28, 2016
Oak Ridge recently unveiled designs for a new home for the city’s landmark International Friendship Bell. The 8,000-pound bronze Japanese-style bell, built to mark the 50th anniversary of World War II and installed in Bissell Park in 1996, symbolizes peace and reconciliation between the United States and Japan.
First Anniversary for Manhattan Project National Historical Park
Monday, November 14, 2016
On November 10, 2016, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (NHP) with units at Hanford, WA, Oak Ridge, TN, and Los Alamos, NM celebrated its first anniversary. All three sites have welcomed thousands of visitors in the past year.