Nuclear Legacy: The Manhattan Project

Jul 24, 2018

On December 13, 1944, with World War II still far from over, combat war veterans gave an inspirational talk to hundreds of J.A. Jones Construction Co. workers at a “Stay on the Job” rally outside the K-25 plant in Atomic City, Oak Ridge, TN. Note the sign in the background. (Photo courtesy DOE)

Many people know about the Manhattan Engineer District, later renamed the Manhattan Project. When asked, most immediately think of Los Alamos and the Trinity site. But what about the other sites that made up the project, including the first one, which was housed at 270 Broadway, Manhattan, New York? Over the course of the Project, 485,000 individuals worked 24/7 at Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington.  What do we know about any of these people who worked in the hospitals, the houses, the labs and elsewhere? Join Museum Curator Sue Taylor for the Launch Pad Lecture at 9:00 AM Friday, August 3, 2018 as she shares with you anecdotes about some of those who created our Nuclear Legacy: The Manhattan Project. These people behind the scenes helped end World War II and bring about the dawn of the nuclear age.

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum's first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on September 7, 2018, and the topic will be Taking the Plunge: The Galileo Mission with Museum Education Director Dave Dooling.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available after the lecture on the museum’s YouTube channel:

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