The City of Oak Ridge and the American Museum of Science and Energy Foundation are sponsoring a community meeting on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the museum, located at 300 S. Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge.  Registration and light refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to hear about current operations at the museum and learn more about the role of the AMSE Foundation.  David Moore, who recently took the helm as AMSE Director, will also be on hand to meet members of the community.  After the information session, attendees will be encouraged to participate in a facilitated discussion about ways to strengthen the museum as a community and regional asset, as well as a destination attraction.

Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson notes the timing is right to get the community involved in a dialogue about the museum. “AMSE is part of the cultural foundation for our community; and with a new director and the possibility of a Manhattan Project National Historic Park designation, the potential for AMSE to become a larger hub for activities and tourism is promising.  The museum’s future, however, is also dependent on how to mitigate federal budgetary constraints and shifting concepts of science museums.  I encourage the public to come out and get involved in the discussion about this important institution.”

“The AMSE Foundation was chartered in September 1996 to support the cultural, educational and scientific programs of the museum,” according to Foundation President Wayne Stevenson.  “As a 501(c) (3) corporation, the foundation’s tax exempt status provides an added benefit to help support a variety of AMSE events and programs. I look forward to hearing ideas about how the Foundation might play a more prominent role in AMSE’s future.” Foundation membership is open to any individual who applies for the appropriate AMSE membership category.

The museum, opened in 1949 and owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, 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 currently manages the museum for DOE and contributes, along with other major DOE contractors in Oak Ridge, to the museum’s operating costs.

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