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Hanford History Marked

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 11:33
Display of typicall desk and phone availability to people of the Manhattan Project Display of typicall desk and phone availability to people of the Manhattan Project

By Maegan Murray

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Hanford Site, Washington State University Tri-Cities' Hanford History Project hosts the "People of the Manhattan Project: Building an Atomic City" exhibition Hanford Site throughout the end of September.

The exhibition Is open during regular campus hours in the WSU Tri-Cities Consolidated Information Center (CIC) Art Gallery and features artifacts from the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Collection and the Hanford History Project's extensive collections.

"Hanford is a unique place with unique history," said Robert Franklin, assistant director of the WSU Tri-Cities Hanford History Project. "It is also a really complicated place with a complicated history, but that is what makes it interesting. It had a huge impact on the development of the city of Richland, and it had an impact on the rest of the world."

Days Pay Bomber Presentation PicmonkeyPatriotic Tri Cities residents wanted support the war effort and decided that donating a day's pay was an appropriate gesture. Their contribution raised enough to pay for a B-17 bomber, which subsequently had "Day's Pay" painted on her nose.

Hanford is the location of the world's first large-scale nuclear reactor, the B Reactor, which also made the plutonium for the "Fat Man" nuclear bomb that was detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki in 1945 during World War II. It led to the creation of a variety of scientific and engineering discoveries and development of technology. It is now the site of the one of the world's largest nuclear cleanup efforts.

"This is a great opportunity to learn more about Hanford and its impact, especially on the regional Tri-Cities community," Franklin said. "We want to make people more aware of just how accessible historical resources for Hanford are in our local community, and we want to bring that history to our community."

For more information on all Hanford 75h anniversary events throughout the year, visit http://www.hanford75th.com/.



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