The American Museum of Science and Energy received the Tennessee Association of Museum’s 2013 Special Award of Excellence in recognition of superlative achievement with Special Recognition for The Photography of Ed Westcott, via innovative webpage content.
Accepting TAM’s Award of Excellence on behalf of AMSE for the museum was Ken Mayes, AMSE Deputy Director, who attended the organization’s annual conference in Middle Tennessee on March 20. The purpose of TAM’s Excellence Award is to recognize, encourage, and promote excellence within the activities of the Tennessee Museum community. Awards are based on creativity, originality, resourcefulness, success, support of museum mission statement and utilization of staff and volunteers.
The Photography of Ed Westcott can be viewed on computer, tablet or smartphone with internet connectivity at http://photosofedwestcott.tumblr.com This project serves as a resource to educate the public about the role Oak Ridge played in World War II’s Manhattan Project. Using the social media blogging platform, Tumblr, was a way to publish the photos online for free and makes it easy for the user to share or like. Other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter were also used to reach the audience, as well as a link from the AMSE website, explained Mayes.
The WWII Manhattan Project images taken by James Edward Westcott, the official U. S. Army Oak Ridge Manhattan Project photographer, were scanned by AMSE volunteers. In 2012, one new image was added every Tuesday and Thursday to the AMSE webpage and on December 18, 2012, the 100th photograph was added. This photograph showed people waiting in line outside the telephone office in Oak Ridge and was taken by Westcott in 1944. Westcott’s photos officially document the historic construction and operation of the of the “secret city,” and the daily life of those living there. Westcott’s photos of Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project years are invaluable to the preservation of the story of a unique moment in the United States history.
Come to AMSE, 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, and experience Oak Ridge’s role in the Manhattan Project in AMSE’s flagship exhibition “Oak Ridge; World War II Secret City.” Visit AMSE’s Discovery Shop and purchase books with Westcott’s images including Through the Lens of Ed Westcott: A Photographic History of World War II Secret City and the AMSE lobby exhibit by the same name; Images of America: Oak Ridge by Ed Westcott, which are among several history and science books, kits, gifts, posters and apparel for purchase. The Discovery Shop is open Monday – Saturday from 10:30 am – 4:45 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:45 pm. AMSE is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. AMSE admission is Adults $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Students (6-17) $3 and Children (5 and under) no charge. AMSE members are free. Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. For more information on AMSE membership benefits, exhibits, programs and events, click on www.amse.org
Contact: Lissa Clarke
Public Information Officer
American Museum of Science and Energy
Tel. (865) 576-3218
April 2, 2013