On June 10 at 7:00 pm, ORHPA will resume in-person membership meetings. Seating will encourage social distancing.
Our first meeting will include guest speaker, Alan Lowe, Executive Director of the American Museum of Science & Energy & the K-25 History Center. Alan will give us an update on both museums as well as future plans for both.
Alan C. Lowe obtained his B.A. (1986) and M.A. (1988) in history at the University of Kentucky. In 1989, he joined the staff of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Los Angeles and Simi Valley, California. In 1992, he moved to the Office of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. During part of this time, he also served as interim Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.
From 2003 to 2009, Lowe served as the founding Executive Director of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. In 2009, he was appointed as the founding Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, in Dallas, Texas. In July 2016, Lowe was appointed as Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
Lowe began service in November 2019 as Executive Director of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In that role, he oversees an institution devoted to telling both the stories of the Manhattan Project and of the continuing work going on in Oak Ridge today, and then using those lessons to advance a broader knowledge of science and engineering. When it opened in 2020, Lowe also became Executive Director of the K-25 History Center which was created to preserve the legacy of the K-25 gaseous diffusion plant, and to tell the broader story of the Manhattan Project and the creation of Oak Ridge.
Lowe is a native of Bourbon County, Kentucky. He and his wife Lianne live in Knoxville, Tennessee. His daughter, Carolyn, attends Belmont University, his step-daughter Anne attends Southern Illinois University, and his step-son Aaron works for the State of Illinois.