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500 Amon Park Dr.
Richland, WA 99352
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Leona - A Dynamic Woman in an Atomic Town

Mar. 20, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Richland, WA
Celebration of Women's History Month

Women were instrumental in the effort to win WWII, but their contributions are not widely known. Join Park Volunteer Terry Andre as she shares the story of Leona Libby, one of the few female scientists of the Manhattan Project.

Rosie the Riveter was an iconic symbol of patriotic working women in WWII. Lesser known are the women who blazed trails on the scientific front. Meet Leona Woods Marshall Libby through anecdotes and photos recounting her experiences as the only woman scientist working with Enrico Fermi in Chicago and at the Hanford B Reactor. Twenty –five year old Leona and husband John Marshall were among the select few who knew Hanford’s wartime secret. From crunchy pancake batter to plotting intervals between the buildup and decay of radioactivity, Leona’s story is that of a gifted scientist, wife, and mother during a unique time in world history. Interwoven between her scientific endeavors are stories of sagebrush sagas, sandstorms. And security breaches.

Since 1996, Terry Andre has shared the history of the Manhattan Project with audiences in the Tri-Cities through her work with The B Reactor Museum Association and the former Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology.