Come and hear the author, Richard Cook, speak on Ignored Heroes of World War II: The Manhattan Project Workers of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Plan to attend the public and membership meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 7PM, at the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road.
Richard Cook has written an oral history of Oak Ridge titled Ignored Heroes of World War II: The Manhattan Project Workers of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Richard has lived in Oak Ridge since 2000. His wife was born and raised in Oak Ridge. He wrote a newspaper column for The Oak Ridger from 2003-2005. He has written over 100 columns which have appeared in The Oak Ridger, The Knoxville News-Sentinel and The Tennessean website. His book has been profiled locally on WBIR, WATE and PBS.
Richard Cook says, “It’s one of the great untold epic stories of American history. The Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN, was one of the largest industrial projects ever undertaken by mankind.”
Richard draws on oral histories to describe how the workers built, out of raw farmland, the fifth largest city in the state of Tennessee.
He explains the purpose of the project was to provide fuel for an enormously powerful new weapon. Oak Ridge was one of three major initiatives making up the Manhattan Project along with Los Alamos, NM, and Hanford, WA. The three of these sites make up the emerging Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Richard’s book brings alive the people in Oak Ridge who actually accomplished the secret mission to create the weapon that helped to bring an end to World War II which had resulted in 60,000,000 deaths!
Richard concludes his thoughts on this story by saying, “Modest by nature, optimistic by the demands of war, these workers, mostly young, mostly women and mostly single, in Ignored Heroes of World War II, weave their tales of work, love, marriage and the stresses of war and isolation. It is unlike any narrative from our nation’s history.”
Come and bring a friend to hear Richard speak on this story about which he is so passionate and for which he is attempting to get better understood.
Mark your calendar now for Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 7 PM in the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Road. The public is invited as well as the members of the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association.
The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association 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 World War II city and nuclear installations.