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Regional museum directors to talk at OR gathering

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The city of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation will have the second in a series of community meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 19.

The meeting will be in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

Registration and light refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Executives from several regional museums and attractions will discuss how their museums were established and developed, and how each is managed and operated.

“We appreciate the willingness our speakers to travel to Oak Ridge and share their experience with our community,” said Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson.

“We will review the input received at the first meeting, and hear from our guest speakers about what it takes to operate a successful attraction in today’s environment.”

Participants will include John Joslyn, owner/operator of The Titanic Museums in Pigeon Forge and Branson, Mo.; Leah Ross, executive director of Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Association in Bristol; and Ellie Kittrell, executive director of The MUSE Knoxville (Formerly The Discovery Center).

“At our initial meeting last month, the public had an opportunity to hear about current AMSE operations and learn more about the role of the AMSE Foundation,” said AMSE Foundation President Wayne Stevenson.

“The Foundation was gratified at the large turnout and the level of interest in the future success of our museum.”

The AMSE was opened in 1949 and is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The museum showcases the history of the Manhattan Project and the current scientific, energy, and national security missions carried out by DOE facilities in Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory manages the museum for DOE and contributes, along with other major DOE contractors in Oak Ridge, to the museum’s operating costs.

The AMSE Foundation was chartered in September 1996 to support the cultural, educational and scientific programs of the museum.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Foundation membership is open to anyone who applies for the appropriate American Museum of Science and Energy membership category.

Visit www.amse.org or www.oakridgetn.gov for details.