AN EYE TOWARDS HISTORY

About ORHPA

The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA) is a nonprofit historical society founded in 1999 to preserve and educate the public about Oak Ridge’s unique and rich technical and cultural history, and to work to preserve selected historical buildings of the WWII city and nuclear installations.

Oak Ridge was the most costly part of the Manhattan Project and its greatest gamble. Three large and different plants, first of their kind anywhere, consumed 89% of the Oak Ridge effort, each built in the hopes we could learn to enrich uranium-235 and beat Nazi Germany to the bomb. In addition, the world’s first plutonium production reactor for research was also built here.

PROTECTING THE LEGACY

The Oak Ridge
History Museum

THE ORHM IS CURRENTLY OPEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAYS 10-2 AND SATURDAYS 10-3.

The Oak Ridge History Museum shines a light on the “human side” of the Manhattan Project, focusing on history and people’s day-to-day lives during World War II in Oak Ridge.

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ACKNOWLEDGING ACHIEVEMENT

Preservation
Awards

ORHPA awards a Historic Preservation Award annually. The award is given to a public-use facility that reflects guide-lines outlined for historic preservation in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

2020

Calvary
Lighthouse Church

2019

Oak Ridge
Swimming Pool

2018

Elm Grove
Shopping Center

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80th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project Celebration

The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA) and the Scarboro Community Alumni Committee are pleased to invite the community...

ORHPA Membership Meeting with guest speaker Martin Miller

**Due to technical difficulties on the 17th, this event has been moved to the 24th. We hope you will join...

ORHPA Highlights of 2021

As we begin to plan for 2022 it is good to first review the past year. Given it was another...

ORPHA 2020 Highlights

Happy New Year everyone! This past year was unique for sure. The Covid-19 virus caused many closures and changes in...

Ed Wescott Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart that ORHPA announces the death of James Edward Westcott on March 29, 2019..

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