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An update on the K-25 Historic Preservation efforts of DOE Environmental Management.

K25 renderingOAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE—The 18th Annual Dick Smyser Community Lecture Series opens on Thursday, March 12, featuring An update on the K-25 Historic Preservation efforts of DOE Environmental Management. This event is Jointly sponsored by Friends of ORNL and the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association. The event is free of charge and will be held at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A reception will be held in the museum lobby starting at 5:30 p.m. (snacks will be served), and the lecture starts at 6:00 p.m. in the museum auditorium. This talk should be of interest to the general public.

Karen Doughty, the manager responsible for the preservation of K-25’s history will personally present the design elements that are being considered to interpret that enormous history of gaseous diffusion. The historic K-25 Gaseous Diffusion Plant housed a key process created during the Manhattan Project.

The plant produced the enriched uranium used today in the nation’s nuclear weapons and the US Navy’s ships as well as the uranium used in nuclear power reactors. The K-25 Building located at the East Tennessee Technology Park’s Heritage Center is the focal point for the interpretation which will also become a part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Both the Friends of ORNL and ORHPA welcome your attendance at this first of what we hope will be many collaborative efforts. Both organizations encourage you to become an active participant in the future efforts to define our unique Oak Ridge history as the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is being created. Now is an opportune time for becoming engaged in these organizations.

Thank you for taking an active role in deciding our future!

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The Friends of ORNL (FORNL) is an organization formed to facilitate and maintain a beneficial association of those who have an interest in ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). FORNL provides a mechanism for members to keep in touch with co-workers, retirees, and current ORNL activities by providing the community at large with presentations and events.

The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA) is an organization of people who are interested in Oak Ridge’s rich history. Its mission is to preserve Oak Ridge’s history and its physical environment (early structures, etc.) and to develop educational and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. It was formed in September 1999 for the purposes of preventing loss of our historic structures and the loss of our unique history.

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