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Historian to Share “Stories from the Secret City”

ray-smith-stories-from-the-secret-city-ut-science-forumMr. Ray Smith, historian at the Y-12 National Security Complex, will present “Stories from the Secret City” at the UT Science Forum Friday, January 31.

Mr. Smith will provide an overview of the early history of Oak Ridge. His primary focus will be on the Y-12 National Security Complex, but will include some Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) history as well.

Stories he will share include how the East Tennessee location was selected and the predictions of the “Prophet of Oak Ridge.” Historical images by Ed Westcott will form the basis of the visuals and be the backdrop for the stories of Oak Ridge’s history during the Manhattan Project.

In addition, Mr. Smith will discuss the Cold War ear and today’s Oak Ridge missions and, if time permits, the joint nonproliferation efforts between ORNL and Y-12.

The UT Science Forum takes place in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will begin at 12 p.m. A Q&A session will follow.