Telling the atomic bomb story
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of Energy joined forces this week to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The two agencies will work together to preserve and interpret places and events associated with the atomic project including those in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford, Washington.
The tale of the Manhattan Project is one of scientific and engineering achievement, for sure, but it’s also a story of people and events. More than 600,000 Americans played a role in the development of the atomic bomb–the most expansive secret project ever untaken by the US government–and facilitated the dawn of the nuclear age.
In its role as interpreter of this moment in time, the NPS is already at work getting input from a wide range of experts about what events and ideologies led to the creation of the atomic bomb, the role the weapons played in World War II, and their effect on global affairs ever since.
Watch a quick NPS video about the new park.
Photo courtesy NPS.