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Press Release: 20th Anniversary and State Grant

Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association
Press Release
September 17, 2019

Heritage Organization Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Receives $80,000 State Grant for its New History Museum

Oak Ridge, TN—The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA) invites the public to join a celebration of ORHPA’s 20th Anniversary this Saturday, September 21st , at The Oak Ridge History Museum, 102 Robertsville Road in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 37830.

The event will be an enjoyable day for the whole family!

The museum will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and admittance will be free on the 21st. Normally, there is a $5 admission fee.

At 2:00 pm, a ceremony will celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary as well as the receipt of an $80,000 state grant. State Representative John Ragan who assisted ORHPA in applying for the grant and Lt. Governor Randy McNally will be on hand for the 2 pm ceremony.

“We greatly appreciate their support in obtaining this important grant,” said Terry Domm, President of ORHPA. “It will significantly enhance the museum experience of our visitors, allowing for the display of many more artifacts.” The state grant will be used to improve lighting, display, and security systems.

At 3:00 pm, the museum will host a moving tribute to the early career of the wonderful Manhattan Project photographer, Ed Westcott.

The Oak Ridge History Museum features fascinating exhibits of home life within the “Secret City” of Oak Ridge during WWII.

The Secret City of Oak Ridge was one of three Secret Cities formed during WWII’s massive—and super secret—Manhattan Project, America’s amazing program to build the very first atomic bomb.

The creation of the atomic bomb ultimately ended WWII and brought America’s precious troops home. Since then, its awesome presence has pushed the world’s super powers back from an all-out global WWIII, opening an extraordinary era of international stability and growth. This has generated unprecedented advances in science, medicine, civil rights, and international economic prosperity.

“Oak Ridge really changed the course of mankind,” said State Representative John Ragan. “The Oak Ridge History Museum is a wonderful experience and an important facility for Tennessee and the nation.”

ORHPA is a non-profit organization with over 200 members.

For further information, please contact Terry Domm, President of ORHPA, at mailto:dommta@comcast.net  or Mick Wiest, Founder and Executive Director of ORHPA, at mickwiest@hotmail.com.