This project is funded through a Landmarks of American History and Culture grant from the National Endowment for the Humanties: NEH: Landmarks program. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
July 6-11 and
July 13-18, 2014
Welcome to the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop: Atomic West Atomic World sponsored by NorthEast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101, in collaboration with WashingtonState University. The partners are pleased to join in this project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NEH Summer Scholars will learn about the development of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, part of the Manhattan Project during World War II and crucial site in the race to develop the first atomic bomb. As a primary site of plutonium production for atomic weapons, Hanford played an instrumental role in ending World War II and beginning the Cold War nuclear arms race that would dominate American foreign policy and politics for decades to come.
Yet, despite the critical role that these far-flung outposts on the atomic frontier played in 20th century U.S. and global history, places like Hanford remain shrouded in secrecy, the legacy of World War II and the Cold War. Google maps
In the once remote scrubland desert of Washington near the banks of the Columbia River, a diverse workforce and eminent scientists, including Enrico Fermi and constructed the first large-scale nuclear reactor, manufactured the fissile material for atomic bombs used during World War II, and in the process helped to define the Cold War era.
The workshop will take participants deep into the once top secret spaces and remote site to investigate the scientific, social, and environmental history and legacies of the atomic West.