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704S20 Atomic Man: Myth or Legend?


with Gene Carbaugh

Calendar Feb 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm

The infamous glove box explosion in 1976 at Hanford was a dreadful accident that changed the course of one man’s life forever. Come and listen to the impact this event had on him and what he endured to survive. Also find out what lessons were learned, changes in infrastructure and facilities, and societal expectations that came about through the examination of this historical event.

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706S20 Dupus Boomer Brings Comic Relief


with Connie Estep

Calendar Feb 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Peek through a pre-fab window at life in the 1940s and discover Dupus Boomer, the Dilbert of his time. Then, as now, life reflected through comics uncovered many truths. Dupus was known to irreverently poke fun at the living conditions endured by Hanford workers and their families. His painful hilarity was often the reason why some people bought the weekly newspaper.

700S20 The Secret Life of Honey


with Chuck Monasmith

Calendar Mar 21, 2020 at 9 am

Honey is often thought of as just a sugar substitute, but did you know that for more than 5,000 years it has been used in medicines linked to wound-healing properties and antibacterial action? Join us for an information-packed class to learn more about honeybees, their production and biology, and the many uses of honey, including cooking.

Chuck Monasmith is a retired engineer who began beekeeping three years ago. He currently serves on the Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association board. He and his wife, a fellow beekeeper, enjoy baking with honey.


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709S20 Forensic Science-Death Investigation


with Nicole Lee

Calendar Mar 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Learn about the science of death investigations. Understand the range of deaths the coroner’s office is responsible for investigating, including natural deaths, accidents, homicides, and suicides. This class will begin with an introduction to what the Benton County Coroner’s Office does and what its investigators look for at a death scene. The class will be held in the Benton County Coroner’s Office, where you will get the inside scoop on how it all comes together. WARNING: Ages 18+ Graphic images from forensic pathology textbooks will be used in the presentation.

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705S20 The Houses That Hanford Built


with Terry Andre

Calendar Apr 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Explore a city developed by a communitarian architect to meet the needs of civilians brought together to live and work on a secret army project in a company town where the "company" was the U.S. Government. Step back in time and arrive in the Richland of the 1940s and 50s. Enter a world of letter designations for houses, transit quarters, and dormitories as you discover the ABC's of Richland.

Terry Andre has been a museum educator with the New York State Museum and the former CREHST Museum. She is currently a volunteer with the B Reactor Museum Association. Her passion has been creating programs and events that bring history to life through the eyes of the participants. In this program, the other panel members will be representing both government and private organizations that played a pivotal role in the formation of the National Park. 

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701S20 Treasure Hunt


with Crystal Stidham

Calendar Apr 18, 2020 at 1 pm

Join us for a real world outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. This geocaching basics course will equip you to use various geocaching apps, know the lingo, understand aspects of the game such as trackables and swag, and know which tools to pack in your bag. The class will be outside much of the time to search and locate nearby caches. This can be a great family activity. Children 12+ years welcome with a registered adult. Participants will need to create a geocaching account prior to class at and download geocaching or c:geo - Bring your smartphone!

Crystal Stidham is a seasoned veteran Geocacher and enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge of geocaching with others. She and a group of fellow Geocachers participate each year at Sacajawea Heritage Days by explaining how the Lewis and Clark Expedition navigated their long journey using various instruments to create maps. They sometimes lead a group out on a cache find at the event.

703S20 National Parks Around the World


with Rebecca Burghart

Calendar Apr 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm

National Park Week is a time to celebrate America’s treasures, explore amazing places and discover stories rich with history and culture. This park ranger talk will take us beyond the United States 419 different parks and introduce us to over 100 countries that have lands classified as national parks. You will get to hear about some of these protected lands that shelter endangered ecosystems and cultures around the world. Prepare to explore some extraordinary places!

Rebecca Burghart is a National Park Service Ranger. She is currently assigned as the Site Manager for the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. She has traveled extensively nationally and internationally.

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708S20 Essential Oils


with Vicki Kirby

Calendar Apr 23, 2020 at 6 pm

Embrace health and wellness with essentials oils. Learn what essential oils are, where they come from, how to safely use them, and where and how they are commonly used. This interactive class demonstrates the power of unlocking essential oils for everyday use. Come join the fun and take home two DIY projects.

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