September 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Manhattan Project. On August 31, the city of Oak Ridge announced a series of events to commemorate Oak Ridge's 75th anniversary. The city also unveiled a new logo and website for the 75th anniversary.
The first event will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Grove Theater. Renowned Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott will open a photo presentation, followed by a talk by Denise Kiernan, author of the bestselling book The Girls of Atomic City. On September 21, the city will break ground on the new International Friendship Bell Pavilion in A.K. Bissell Park. The event program includes speakers, a shovel ceremony, and a performance by the Oak Valley Baptist Church Choir. For more information and to learn about future events, please visit the Oak Ridge 75th Anniversary website.
The Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) will host two events in Fuller Lodge this month. On September 10 at 4 PM, the Los Alamos History Museum will welcome Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Director Kenji Shiga (left) and Outreach Manager Kahori Wada. On September 25 at 4 PM, Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber and LAHS Board Member Michael Redondo will share stories of their August 2017 visit to Japan. During their trip, they attended memorial ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and delivered 1,300 paper cranes folded by visitors to the Museum.
In 2016, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers performed at Hanford's B Reactor. The Tri-City Herald notes, "The Mastersingers' shows last year were the first-ever full concerts inside the B reactor, and were believed to be first-ever choral concerts in such a space anywhere in the world."
This month the Mastersingers will be back at the B Reactor, performing at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 9 and 3 p.m. Sept. 10. The Mastersingers will be performing Annelies by composer James Whitbourn, a cantata based on Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. For more information about the shows and to purchase tickets, please visit the Mastersingers' website.