World War II

Atomic City

Photo by James E. Westcott, Official US Army Photographer for the Manhattan Project. American Museum of Science and Energy,

In The Atomic City Girls, novelist Janet Beard takes her readers to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the birth of the nuclear world. Read more


The secret unit conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units during World War II in Europe. Read more


Retracing a Father’s Wartime Footsteps

Fred Sauceman photo

It’s a miracle that I even exist. My father, Fred Sauceman Sr., was a member of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He survived the D-Day Invasion and the hedgerow warfare in Normandy. Read more


In K25

American Museum of Science and Energy photo

In 1942, the Hendrix family farm was among the 59,000 acres the government purchased to rapidly construct the “Secret City” of Oak Ridge. The massive, top-secret undertaking displaced the roughly 1,000 rural families who lived in Bear Creek Valley. Read more