President Signs Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill Into Law!

Members of the Los Alamos Historical Society and supporters celebrate the President signing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill into law this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Public Works Director Philo Shelton stopped by the party at the Bethe House to congratulate Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan on President Obama signing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill into law this afternoon. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
President Obama sign the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Bill into law this afternoon and the Los Alamos Historical Society is celebrating right now at the historic Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row.

“The Los Alamos Historical Society is thrilled with the passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park through Congress and now the President signing it into law today,” Executive Director Heather McClenahan told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “We have been working on this for a decade, and we are proud of the work we have done with our partners in Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Washington, D.C., to get through the political process. We are excited about the prospect of so many more people learning about our world-changing history through a national park. We also believe all the visitors coming to town will mean more restaurants and other businesses that benefit our residents and our tax base. It’s an exciting time to be part of Los Alamos history!”

By a vote of 89 to 11, Congress passed the Manhattan Project National Historic Park Act Dec. 12. The bill preserves and interprets properties at Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Hanford. The new Manhattan Project Park will also be one of the few that focus on American science, technology and industry.

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan briefs council members on passage of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park by Congress at Tuesday’s meeting. She said there would be a big party when the President signed the bill into law. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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