Scenes From Today’s Signing Ceremony Establishing Manhattan Project National Historical Park

From left, Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, former Councilor Fran Berting, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, Dr. Ben Neal, second from right, and at far right, Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott join U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and seated, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at this morning’s signing ceremony, in Washington, D.C., to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Courtesy/NPS

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz at this morning’s signing ceremony, in Washington, D.C., as U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, back row center, look on. Courtesy/NPS

Plenty of media coverage for the historical event. Courtesy/NPS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, former Councilor Fran Berting and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich at this morning’s signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. to officially establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Udall and Heinrich and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., participated in the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of the Interior and Department of Energy establishing the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz signed the agreement.

After more than a decade of support and involvement from the local community, Senators Udall and Heinrich worked to include legislation in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act–which was signed into law in December 2014–to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The provision established three different educational sites in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington. The park will conserve historic sites and artifacts that played a key role in the dawn of the nuclear era, and help tell the story of the creation of the world’s first atomic bomb and its consequences for society.

The MOA officially establishes the Manhattan Project National Historical Park as a unit of the National Park System. The MOA formally describes how the National Park Service and the Department of Energy will work together to preserve, protect, and provide access to the historic resources associated with the Manhattan Project.

Who:
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)
 

DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell field questions from the media following this morning’s signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NPS

Scene from this morning’s signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. Courtesy/NPS

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