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Secret City serendipity

\ Visitors to the Oak Ridge Welcome Center, currently located at the Midtown Community Center, are catching a glimpse of early Oak Ridge history when the stop in for information brochures.

Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association volunteers have decorated a room, visible from the corridor through a large window, with wooden dormitory furniture from early Oak Ridge and other memorabilia from the World War II years.

It’s clear that folks are having fun with this. Every time I stop by, the display is a little different, as items get rearranged and more objects from people’s attics and scrapbooks get added to the room.

I hope the city’s visitors are appreciating this, too. I think it helps convey the message that Oak Ridge is a community with an interesting story to tell.


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