It’s wartime in the 1940s. Ration cards and shortages are the norm at the grocery store. Families huddle around the radio to hear news from the fronts. But in Oak Ridge, wartime meant much more.

Building a city of 75,000 people in just three years from 59,000 acres of East Tennessee farmland meant long days, massive construction projects, and mud. Lots of mud. It also meant complete secrecy and living within the restrictions -- and safety -- of a fenced city.

This film looks at the daily life of Oak Ridge’s earliest citizens, from construction workers and scientists to home makers and historians.

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In 2011, Documentary filmmaker Keith McDaniel - along with Michael Twardy, Robert Cathey, D. Ray Smith and Jim Campbell - led a team of more than 50 middle school, high school and college students to produce twelve short documentary films about Oak Ridge.


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In 2011, Documentary filmmaker Keith McDaniel - along with Michael Twardy, Robert Cathey, D. Ray Smith and Jim Campbell - led a team of more than 50 middle school, high school and college students to produce twelve short documentary films about Oak Ridge. From the area’s history to life-changing technology, these films tell some of the stories which have made Oak Ridge one of the world’s most unique cities. This series of first of their kind short video documentaries involving students and those who lived the history is a product of the Department of Energy made possible through a contract with local filmmakers. Through this project, these students have become excited about the world of documentary filmmaking. They may well become our future documentary filmmakers and while doing so, the rest of us benefit from learning our history in an enjoyable and engaging fashion.

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  • Don Miller

    This project needs to be widely publicized and added to as time goes on. It is a great addition to Oak Ridge history

    by Don Miller

  • Ray Smith

    Great to see this project online!

    by Ray Smith

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