Hanford History Partnership
Hanford History Partnership: Observing the 70th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project

October is Hanford History Month

Registration is open! Purchase tickets here!

Manhattan Project 70th Anniversary Schedule of Events

October 4–6, 2013

“For Your Eyes Only” — A James Bond-themed Cold War Party

Friday, October 4
7 p.m.–10 p.m.
Richland Public Library
A James Bond-themed event benefitting the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center
Pre-registration required through purchase of “For your eyes only” passport: visitthereach.org

70th Anniversary Bus Tours of B Reactor & T Plant

Saturday & Sunday, October 5–6
Hanford Site (restricted access)
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium Passport

Tours of B Reactor and T Plant are expected to take 5 hours. Transportation will be provided. All participants must be over the age of 18 and US Citizens.

The B Reactor, the world’s first industrial-scale nuclear reactor, was built during World War II as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. One of three plutonium production reactors built in total secrecy at Hanford during World War II, B Reactor produced plutonium for the Trinity test at Alamagordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945, and for the atomic bomb exploded on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. B Reactor is no longer in operation, and has been preserved as a historical landmark and tour facility.

The T Plant is arguably the second most historic building at Hanford is the T Plant. This facility is historic in that it’s the oldest remaining nuclear facility in the country that is still operating with a current mission. However, it is also historic as it’s the “canyon” where the plutonium used in both the world’s first atomic explosion (the Trinity Test) and in the Fat Man bomb dropped over Nagasaki, Japan, in World War II was processed. T Plant is the only processing canyon at Hanford that remains in operation, although its mission today does not have anything to do with producing plutonium for weapons.

Opening Reception & 70th Anniversary Lecture featuring Bill Bair, former Manager of Life Sciences Center, PNNL:
“Fish, pigs, dogs & plutonium: Hanford biologists and the atomic bomb”

Sunday, October 6
Reception at 3 p.m.
Lecture at 4 p.m.
Richland Public Library
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium or Lecture Passport

Join Dr. Bill Bair, the world’s first recipient of a Ph.D. in Radiation Biology, as he shares stories about research and experiences in the Biology Department at early Hanford. From toxicity studies on the Columbia River to wild life sampling and the experimental animal farm, hear about the cutting edge research that helped to set the radiation protection standards still being used today.

Dr. Bair studied Health Physics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry on a National Academy of Sciences Fellowship in 1949-50 and earned the world’s first Ph.D. in Radiation Biology in 1954. He held several research & management positions, first in the General Electric Company’s Hanford Laboratories and then in the Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, retiring in 1994 as manager of the Life Sciences Center. Dr. Bair’s research focused on the health consequences of exposures to radionuclides, especially plutonium. He served on numerous national and international committees and commissions including the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and founded the Herbert M. Parker Foundation for education in the radiological sciences, a non-profit organization honoring the late radiological physicist. He is the recipient of the Atomic Energy Commission’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Memorial Award, the Distinguished Achievement Alumni Citation from Ohio Wesleyan University, and the Health Physics Society’s Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award and Robley D. Evans Commemorative Medal. He is a past president of the Health Physics Society and a combat veteran of World War II.

October 12–13, 2013

70th Anniversary Bus Tours of B Reactor & T Plant

Saturday & Sunday, October 12–13
Hanford Site (restricted access)
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium Passport

70th Anniversary Lecture & Reception featuring Hill Williams, Kathleen Flenniken and special musical guest performance

Saturday, October 12
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Richland Players Theatre
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium or Lecture Passport

Details forthcoming.

October 19–20, 2013

70th Anniversary Bus Tours of B Reactor & T Plant

Saturday & Sunday, October 19–20
Hanford Site (restricted access)
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium Passport

70th Anniversary Lecture & Reception featuring Bruce Hevly, Author
“Atomic Frontier Days”

Saturday, October 19
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Richland Players Theatre
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium or Lecture Passport

Hear author and history professor Bruce Hevly talk about his book, Atomic Frontier Days, and the history of the Hanford nuclear reservation.

“On the banks of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest river lies the Hanford nuclear reservation, an industrial site that appears to be at odds with the surrounding vineyards and desert. The 586-square-mile compound on the Columbia River is known both for its origins as part of the Manhattan Project and for the monumental effort now under way to clean up forty-five years of waste from manufacturing plutonium for nuclear weapons. Hanford routinely makes the news, as scientists, litigants, administrators, and politicians argue over its past and its future.

It is easy to think about Hanford as an expression of federal power, a place apart from humanity and nature, but that view distorts its history. Atomic Frontier Days looks through a wider lens, telling a complex story of production, community building, politics, and environmental sensibilities. In brilliantly structured parallel stories, the authors bridge the divisions that accompany Hanford’s headlines and offer perspective on today’s controversies. Influenced as much by regional culture, economics, and politics as by war, diplomacy, and environmentalism, Hanford and the Tri-Cities of Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick illuminate the history of the modern American West.”

Bruce Hevly is an expert in the history of science and technology. He is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington and coauthor or Atomic Frontier Days and The Atomic West.

Special Exhibition: Homespun History: Quilts and Textiles from White Bluffs, Hanford, and the Manhattan Project

Sunday, October 20
1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
White Bluffs Quilt Museum
Free and Open to the Public

Quilt Exhibit at White Bluffs Quilt Museum

Featuring the Shea-Prouty Quilt Collection. Quilts from circa 1880-1920. The exhibit includes a Sunflower Pillow. circa 1910, with silk, wool black & gold braid and feathers, a beautiful log cabin variation quilt, circa 1890, and a crazy quilt with amazing embroidery. Photos of the Shea-Prouty family and their family history will also be on display. Other items of historical significance including a quilt made by the ladies of White Bluffs will be on exhibit. Come and be inspired.

October 25–27, 2013

70th Anniversary Lecture & Reception featuring Kate Brown, Author
“Plutopia”

Friday, October 25
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Washington State University Tri-Cities East Auditorium
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium or Lecture Passport

70th Anniversary Lecture and Panel Discussion featuring Kate Brown, author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, followed by panel discussion with health impacted Hanford Downwinders.

70th Anniversary Bus Tours of B Reactor & T Plant

Saturday & Sunday, October 26–27
Hanford Site (restricted access)
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium Passport

70th Anniversary Lecture & Reception featuring Richard Rhodes, Author
“The Making of the Atomic Bomb”

Saturday, October 26
7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Richland Players Theatre
Pre-registration required through purchase of Hanford 70th Plutonium or Lecture Passport

Join Pulitzer Prize winning author, Richard Rhodes for a discussion of his book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb.

“In rich, human, political, and scientific detail, here is the complete story of the nuclear bomb.

Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began merely as an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers—Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumann—stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.‘The Making of the Atomic Bomb’ is at once a narrative tour de force and a document as powerful as its subject.”

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-four books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Program in International Peace and Security and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series.


TICKET OPTIONS

Plutonium Passport: $70.00 per person

Includes:

  • Bus transportation to B Reactor & T Plant tours
  • Admission to 70th Anniversary Lecture & Reception series for selected weekend along with “as available” admission to any other weekend lectures
  • Free admission to CREHST Museum
  • Self-guided Walking Tour of historic Hanford Government Homes
  • Discounts at all 70th Anniversary retail partners during October 2013

Lecture Passport: $10.00 per person

Coming soon!

Includes:

  • Admission 70th Anniversary Lecture for selected weekend
  • Free admission to CREHST Museum
  • Self-guided Walking Tour of historic Hanford Government Homes
  • Discounts at all 70th Anniversary retail partners during October 2013

For Your Eyes Only Passport:
$70.00 per person/$125.00 per couple
Purchase at visitthereach.org

Discounted tickets are available to those who purchase the Plutonium Passport. Contact the REACH office to confirm details and purchase discounted tickets for $30.00.

Includes:

  • Themed Food Stations / No Host Bar
  • Silent Auction – James Bond Items, James Bond Collectibles
  • Cold War Artifact Displays – Exhibits throughout
  • Martini Tasting provided by Blue Flame Spirits
  • Music by Bill McKay / Entertainment provided by our Bond characters
  • Casino Royale – Complimentary chips included
  • British Sports Car Display provided by Vintage British Car Club
  • Photo ops with James Bond, Bond Girls, Bond Villain, Vintage British Cars