The Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association is proud to announce a celebration of two major events significant to Oak Ridge history: the opening of the Oak Ridge city gates 70 years ago and the opening of the brand-new Oak Ridge History Museum. Both will take place Saturday, March 23.
The Oak Ridge History Museum was established to preserve the history of the life and work of the people who made the Manhattan project a success. Its primary purpose is to focus on the “human side” of the Manhattan Project, telling the story of the history of Oak Ridge and the people’s day-to-day lives during World War II.
As part of the program, swing dancers will perform ’40s era dancing at 2 p.m.
The ORHM is at the historic Midtown Community Center, an authentic Manhattan Project-era structure that once housed the historic Wildcat Den. It’s at the intersection of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Robertsville Road, adjacent to Kroger and across from Bissel Park.