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21 September 2012

Oak Ridge TN, the Secret City

   "Secret City in the Tennessee Hills: From Dogpatch to Nuclear Power" was a symposium held 15 Sept 2012 at the National Archives at Atlanta. One of my personal highlights was to meet Tommy Dorminy. Tommy is an eighth grade home-school student from McDonough, Georgia. He represented Georgia at the National History Day exhibition with his exhibit on the Secret City. 
   While talking about his research, Tommy said, "I took on the project as something different. I did not realize how interesting the records would be." The research for his project lasted over eight months with travel to Oak Ridge for a tour and interview with Mr. Ray Smith, the historian at Y-12 National Security Complex. His 19 page bibliography demonstrates many hours in his area library and at the National Archives at Atlanta. The exhibit is well documented with a timeline and photographs from his research of daily life to the scientific program.
   Congratulations, Tommy. Thank you for your interest in history and the documents of the National Archives at Atlanta.