WSU Tri-Cities will begin professionally curating and archiving artifacts from the Hanford site’s Manhattan Project and Cold War collection, funded through a subcontract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
The university has many ideas for using the collection to expand upon the public’s understanding of “one of the most transformative periods in human history,” said Michael Mays, vice chancellor for academic affairs at WSU Tri-Cities.
The WSU Department of History and other areas will incorporate the information from the collection into undergraduate and graduate course offerings, allowing students to conduct research on and explore the collection.
“This sets the stage for the history of the Hanford Site to become a signature program for WSU Tri-Cities and yet another draw for visitors to the anticipated Manhattan Project National Historical Park,” Mays said. “We are pleased to be able to move the Hanford collection out of storage and into the public domain.”