Mid-Columbia agencies team up to preserve Hanford's history

<p>From WSU Tri-Cities</p>

From WSU Tri-Cities

11 agencies across our region are teaming up with Washington State University Tri-Cities to preserve the rich history of the Hanford site.

The agencies, which include CREHST, the B-Reactor Museum Association, and the Department of Energy have formed the Hanford History Partnership.

The collaboration is meant to capture, compile and document the diverse stories of life in our region dating back to 1907, well before the Manhattan Project.

The first phase of the long-term collaboration is to work on the Hanford Oral History Project.

Volunteers are hoping to triple the existing collection of oral histories, and they want to make the collection accessible to people around the world.

People who have details to share or a story to tell — or know someone else who can — should contact the Hanford History Partnership at 509-372-7306, ourhanfordhistory@tricity.wsu.edu, or www.ourhanfordhistory.org.

The groups working on the project are:

• Washington State University Tri-Cities, represented by Michael Mays with the College of Arts and Sciences and Sharon Holden with the Office of Advancement and Regional Development.

• African American Community Cultural & Educational Society (AACCES), represented by C.J. Mitchell and Vanessa Moore.

• Max E. Benitz Memorial Library at WSU Tri-Cities, represented by Annanaomi Sams.

• B-Reactor Museum Association, represented by Maynard Plahuta.

• Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology (CREHST), represented by Ellen Low.

• East Benton County Historical Society, represented by Corene Hulse.

• The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, represented by Lisa Toomey.

• U.S. Department of Energy, represented by Colleen French.

• Northwest Public Television, represented by Tom Hungate and Linda Pasch.

• Herbert M. Parker Foundation, represented by Ron Kathren.

• Richland Public Library, represented by Ann Rosebury.

• Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC), represented by Gary Petersen.