I've Got A Secret

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, January 23, 1998

Go with me? We're going to Secret City, otherwise known as Oak Ridge, Tennessee. And we'll get the scoop on this fascinating place at the American Museum of Science & Energy, one of the neatest museums in the country.

We'll do the slide show first - it explains how these hidden hills became the site of part of WWII's Manhattan Project. Isolation and electric power met the military requirements for this top-secret wartime effort, and soon plants with code names such as Y-12 and K-25 were producing material for atomic bombs.

Even though it wasn't on any map, the city soon housed over 75,000 people in a conglomeration of trailers, dorms, and odd dwellings called cemestos.

Thing are different now. In 1949 the town was opened to the public and today it boasts of good schools, cultural attractions, scenic beauty, an unforgettable place in history, and a great museum.

The museum will tickle all science-loving kids and adults who are fascinated by "what makes things work." Even the non-scientific will get caught up in the live demonstrations and interactive exhibits.

Nobody can resist Exploration Station, filled with hands-on activities exploring light, color, sound, problem-solving, pulleys, levers, static electricity and other mind-bogglers. Maps, tools, and models show off the earth's energy resources in one exhibit, and an animated model of a nuclear reactor sits in another.

The museum is operated by the Department of Energy and recent budget cuts have it on the endangered list. After your visit, write your Congressman. You'll agree this one's a keeper. See you there.

American Museum of Science & Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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