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An Evening with Denise Kiernan

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OAK RIDGE,KiernanDenise-1000Hsmaller Tenn. — Best-selling author Denise Kiernan will host a panel discussion with women employed at Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project of World War II. The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. at the American Museum of Science and Energy. Admission to the panel discussion is free.

Kiernan is the award-winning author of “The Girls of Atomic City,” a New York Times best-seller that tells the story of the women who worked at Oak Ridge during the war years.

GirlsofAtomicCity-book-1000HSome of these women, known as “Calutron Girls,” adjusted dials that controlled the workings of the 1,152 Calutrons used to separate isotopes of U-235 from naturally occurring uranium. The work fueled “Little Boy,” the first nuclear bomb used in warfare.

Local historian Ray Smith will introduce the program. Panelists who have agreed to appear include Ruth Heddleston, Peggy Stuart and Hazel Franklin. All worked at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant during the Manhattan Project.

“We wanted to do something to highlight the importance of the war work that took place here in Oak Ridge and to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II,” museum Director David Moore said,

Kiernan will sign copies of her book, which may be purchased in the Museum’s Discovery Shop. Seating for the event will be limited to 300 visitors.

For more information, contact Moore at (865) 576-3200. The event is sponsored by the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation, the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association, and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotels in Oak Ridge.

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