After a decade of study and collaboration, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park became a reality in 2010. Consisting of Oak Ridge, Hanford, Washington; and Los Alamos, New Mexico, MAPR preserves the history and tells the story of the birth of the atomic age in America. In a Brown Bag lecture at noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, D. Ray Smith will discuss the formation and history of the park, along with its national importance.

Smith served on the committee to establish the themes for the new park and on the National Park Service’s Scholars Forum Roundtable, and testified before a U.S. House subcommittee. Ray has spent both his professional and personal life preserving the region’s history, especially that of Oak Ridge and Y-12. He is the official City of Oak Ridge Historian, a popular newspaper columnist and author, film producer, and the recipient of numerous local and national recognitions.

At his 2017 retirement from Y-12, Ray was awarded the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Distinguished Service Gold Award and recently was recognized by the East Tennessee Historical Society with an Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement in History.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available. Visit or call 865-215-8824.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.