Atomic West Atomic World is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop open to all interested K-12 school teachers and hosted bythe Northeast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101 and Washington State University. The two, week-long workshops for Summer Scholars in July, 2014 will explore the history and legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State, part of the Manhattan Project during World War II and crucial site in the race to develop the first atomic bomb. As a primary site of plutonium production for atomic weapons, Hanford played an instrumental role in ending World War II and beginning the Cold War nuclear arms race that would dominate American foreign policy and politics for decades to come. The Landmark workshop will include lectures by experts in domestic and international atomic history; will provide Scholars access to once top secret spaces of this remote site—including the historic B-Reactor, abandoned town sites, and the only free flowing section of the Columbia River. Together we will investigate the scientific, social, and environmental history of the atomic West. Summer Scholars will receive a stipend to defray costs for travel and lodging during the workshop.
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