Hutment Exhibit Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 
Saturday, April 1 

Photo courtesy Oak Ridge History Museum


The Oak Ridge History Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Hutment Exhibit, which promises to transport visitors back in time to the Oak Ridge Manhattan Project era. On Saturday, April 1st, the museum will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the exhibit’s opening and offer an unparalleled glimpse into a piece of history that shaped America.

Oak Ridge History Museum Authentic Reproduction Hutment

The Hutment Exhibit will feature an authentic reproduction of a Manhattan Project “Hutment,” displaying the living conditions of the workers who helped construct the wartime manufacturing facilities during World War II. The hutments were small, low-cost structures that housed workers and their families who came to Oak Ridge to work on the Manhattan Project. These small houses provided a space for families to live in during the war years, where they could rest, relax, and escape from the demands of their jobs at the manufacturing plants.

This exhibit will also shed light on the accommodations provided to African American workers during the war years, highlighting their contributions to the project. It is essential to understand the challenges these workers faced during this time and acknowledge their role in shaping America’s history. The Hutment Exhibit is an immersive and educational experience, highlighting the lives and struggles of the workers who helped build the foundations of modern America. 

The celebration will commence at 1:00 p.m. with presentations on Manhattan Project housing and the construction of the Hutment replica, followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m., officially opening the exhibit for museum guests. Don’t miss your chance to explore the Hutment Exhibit and immerse yourself in the unique history of Oak Ridge. The exhibit is an unparalleled glimpse into an essential chapter of American history, providing insight into the daily lives of workers who played a pivotal role in shaping the world we live in today.

Oak Ridge History Museum Authentic Reproduction Hutment

The Oak Ridge History Museum is located at 102 Robertsville Rd. The museum will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., with no admission charge for the day. Visitors are encouraged to take their time exploring the Hutment Exhibit and other exhibits within the museum and gain a deeper understanding of America’s history.

About Oak Ridge History Museum:
Located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the Oak Ridge History Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the history of the city and the significant role it played in the Manhattan Project during World War II. The museum’s exhibits provide visitors with a unique and immersive experience, highlighting the stories of the people who lived and worked in Oak Ridge during this pivotal time in American history. From the Manhattan Project’s impact on Oak Ridge to the city’s significant contributions to the Cold War, the museum offers a comprehensive look into the city’s past and the remarkable people who helped shape America’s history. The Oak Ridge History Museum is committed to preserving and sharing the city’s fascinating history with visitors of all ages, making it a perfect educational destination for families, school groups, and anyone interested in learning more about America’s past.

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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