Center for Oak Ridge Oral History Seeks New Interviews

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (August 23, 2018) – The Oak Ridge Public Library is seeking new interviews as part of the Center for Oak Ridge Oral History (COROH) project. More than 800 oral history entries have already been logged, but additional stories are needed from those who experienced Oak Ridge as children.

COROH’s main focus has been the Manhattan Project era of Oak Ridge’s history, from late 1942 to the end of World War II in August 1945. Interviewees are asked about what it was like to live in the “Secret City.” As the project continues, staff and volunteers will be looking to the second generation of Oak Ridgers in order to record their memories as well.

With the help of the U.S. Department of Energy and several other advisory organizations, COROH collects and archives these irreplaceable stories. Hundreds of interviews, panel discussions, lectures, home movies, and professional videos are available to the public via the website under the “Departments and Services” tab. Most interviews have audio and video, but transcripts are also available.

The Center for Oak Ridge Oral History is housed inside the Oak Ridge Room at Oak Ridge Public Library. If you have any questions or would like to provide an oral history, please contact Julie Forkner or Jordan Reed at (865) 425-3455, or visit the library anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can also find COROH on Facebook:

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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