Oak Ridge 75th Anniversary Celebration

Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association
Event Location: 
Historic Grove Theater 123 Randolph Road Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

Come join us as we celebrate an event of Oak Ridge's 75th Anniversary Celebration!

Oak Ridge has several anniversary dates to note during the 75th Anniversary. There is one for the selection of the site (September 19, 1942), one for the start of construction (November 1942), one for the start of construction in each of the government sites, Y-12 (February 1, 1943), X-10 (February 2, 1942), and K-25 (June 1, 1943), and there are more dates of note such as when the X-10 Graphite Reactor “went Critical” on November 4, 1943 and when the first shipment of Uranium 235 left Y-12 (March 1, 1944). The first anniversary date is significant in that General Leslie Groves was told he had been selected for the atomic bomb project on September 17, 1942. He then authorized the purchase of 59,000 acres in East Tennessee on Saturday, September 19, 1942.

Come early and see the historical displays starting at 2PM. There will be a wide variety of artifacts, posters and displays for your enjoyment.

Famous photographer, Ed Westcott, will be featured from 4PM - 5:30PM with a slide show of Ed's photographs being shown by Don and Emily Hunnicutt. You will never grow tired of Ed's photographs which tell the enormous Oak Ridge Manhattan Project story.

At 6PM, Denise Kiernan, New York Times bestselling author of "The Girls of Atomic City", will be the featured Keynote Speaker. She will speak on the subject, "The Legacy of Place." If you have heard Denise speak before, you know what a treat it is to listen to her. She is so dedicated to her work, yet, has a most personable presentation style. I am sure she will have fully researched the Biltmore Estate and will have amazing stories to tell. Don't miss this event!!! There will even be birthday cake and a reception!