March 19, 2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the day the security gates surround Oak Ridge, TN were formally opened to outsiders. The gate opening was the first time the American public was allowed to enter the Manhattan Project's Secret City for the first time.
Not only was that the day the public could enter the city, it was also the day the American Museum of Atomic Energy, now known as the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE), was open to show visitors the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The goal of the museum was to provide educational, interactive exhibits highlighting the past, present and future of programs of the Department of Energy.
To honor this day, a 70th Anniversary Celebration is planned at AMSE on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 6:00 pm. – 9:00 pm. The event will be a cocktail party with heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment, and a Live Auction. Tickets to the event are available thru Eventbrite and proceeds will benefit the AMSE Foundation.
On Saturday, March 23, 2019 there will be two special events happening at AMSE and the Oak Ridge History Museum, located in the Midtown Community Center. At 10:00 am, there will be a dedication of the flag poles and an Albert Einstein statue in the front of AMSE. Then at 11:30 am there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Oak Ridge History Museum in the Midtown Community Center located at the corner of Robertsville Road and the Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Both events on the 23rd will have local government officials, entertainment, and refreshments. AMSE will be open that afternoon with a reduced entrance fee and the Oak Ridge History Museum will be free to visitors.