DAYTON, Ohio—Dayton History will manage a new educational center at the Mound site in Miamisburg, the organization announced in a joint press release with U.S. Rep. Mike Turner.
Dayton History staff has started to process artifacts and digitize 80,000 negatives from the Mound Science and Energy Museum’s collections with an eye to housing it in renovated space on the mound site in conjunction with a multimedia , which will allow the story of the Mound site to be told through educational programs, workshops and school tours.
“I have long advocated for the Mound to receive the recognition it deserves, and today I am happy to join Dayton History in this success,” said Turner, R-Dayton. “The Mound and the men and women who worked there have played an important role in our country’s history and more importantly our region’s. I look forward to visiting the facility upon completion in 2017.”
“We want the world to understand the enormous impact Mound played in the U.S. weapons program and space exploration during the Cold War,” said Brady Kress, Dayton History president and chief executive officer. “key to the development of these new exhibits are the Mound Lab retirees, who are subject matter experts and the heroes of these stories. Their research and work helped win the Cold War.”
Named for the nearby, prehistoric Miamisburg Mound, the Mound site was the first permanent facility in America’s nuclear weapons complex. Originally built to produce atomic bomb triggers after the end of World War II, the facility developed and manufactured various nuclear weapons components throughout the Cold War. Mound scientists also invented and produced power systems for satellites and space probes, developed stable isotopes for industrial uses and researched clean coal and other alternative energy technology.
The new education center is scheduled to open in October 2017. Dayton History staff and the volunteers of the Mound Science and Energy Museum will work together to educate visitors of all ages on the fascinating history of the Mound Lab.
“This is another fine example of how the Mound is witnessing a rebirth through visitor traffic, commercial investment, and public amenities,” said Eric Cluxton, President of the Mound Development Corp.