City of Oak Ridge and ORHPA Welcome Special Guests to “Birth of a City” Monument Dedication September 8th

Mayor Tom Beehan and Members of the Oak Ridge City Council will join the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association (ORHPA) on Thursday, September 8th at 5:00 p.m. to dedicate a monument commemorating the Birth of A City: The History of Oak Ridge Tennessee. The monument consists of a series of four, new historical markers located in the front of the Oak Ridge Municipal Building at 200 South Tulane Avenue.

The project is supported by the city’s Preserve America grant, which was awarded in 2008 to help tell the story of Oak Ridge’s formative post-war years leading up to the community vote in 1959 to incorporate as a municipal government.

The City and ORHPA welcome two special guests to the dedication. Patrick McIntyre, Jr., Executive Director of the Tennessee Historical Commission, will travel from Nashville to attend the dedication. In addition, Jenifer Eggleston, a program manager with the National Park Service, will participate as the Preserve America representative overseeing the city’s project.

Mayor Beehan expressed enthusiasm about the dedication. “These markers help tell the stories of how a community of young people--scientists, educators and other service-minded individuals--cooperated to create the public, civic, and cultural institutions that remain the foundation of the city of Oak Ridge. We appreciate the excellent research conducted by ORHPA, and thank the Preserve America and
Tennessee Historical Commission staff for their support in helping us tell this unique American story."

David Bradshaw, ORHPA President, added “This is the culmination of more than two years’ effort by our committee, led by City Historian Bill Wilcox. The monument complements the markers along the Secret City Commemorative Walk, as well as the Peace Bell in Bissell Park. Together, these assets offer a deal about our heritage, all contained within the Municipal complex.”

The Preserve America program was established in 2003 to support community efforts to preserve and promote America's historical and cultural assets. Preserve America recognizes and designates communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.

Additional information can be found on the website www.preserveamerica.gov.

News media contacts: Amy Fitzgerald, City of Oak Ridge (865) 425-3554
Ray Smith, ORHPA, (865) 851-6423