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OR heritage group to hear two special presentations Sept. 13

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The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association will hear two special presentations during its monthly meeting on Sept. 13.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Midtown Community Center.

Jim Campbell, president of the East Tennessee Economic Council and Fellow of the University of Tennessee's Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, will present a preview of his portion of “Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power,” a symposium at the National Archives at Atlanta.

A native of Maryville now living in Oak Ridge, Campbell received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Maryville College and the University of Oregon.

He was editor of The Oak Ridger from 1988-94, assuming his present position with ETEC in 1995.

Campbell has been interested in the history of the birth of the city of Oak Ridge for a number of years.

He has developed a particularly strong interest in the individuals who influenced the city in its early years.  He has researched the history of Waldo Cohn, Alvin Weinberg, Don Trauger, Eugene Joyce and others.

At the upcoming meeting, Campbell will bring to life these influential individuals by revealing the interesting details of their contributions to the city’s history.

Additionally he will give the audience a brief glimpse into the presentation he plans to deliver to the “Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power” symposium being presented at the National Archives in Atlanta.

The nonprofit organization was formed to prevent further demolition of Oak Ridge’s historic structures and the loss of the city’s unique history.

The association’s mission is to preserve Oak Ridge's history and its built environment and develop economic, education and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

For more information, call 865-481-0542 or visit www.ORHPA.com.

The association’s historic properties committee has recently visited several early Oak Ridge buildings as they prepare to select this years winner of the Historic Preservation Award.

Mick Wiest, committee chairman, will discuss the selection process and announce the winner of this year’s award during the monthly  meeting.  Past award winners will also be described as part of the presentation.

The purpose of the preservation award is to honor Oak Ridge’s unique history and to recognize property owners and managers who have done a good job of maintaining the historic integrity of their structure.  

The actual presentation of the award to the property owner will occur on  Sept. 19, the anniversary of Oak Ridge’s founding.