Rocky Flats Then and Now–and You’re Invited

5 Jun

RF haz suit photo


This Friday through Sunday, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is sponsoring a three-day event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the dramatic FBI raid of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in 1989. From their description of the event:

On June 6, 7, and 8, 2014 the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will host a multifaceted art and humanities event commemorating the 25 th Anniversary of the raid.  It will feature an art and history exhibit (including photographs and artifacts from the Rocky Flats plant) and panel discussions focusing on the raid and its consequences, including a grand jury investigation and subsequent disputed settlement of charges involving environmental crimes. Speakers will include former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, former U.S. Representative David Skaggs, former FBI agent Jon Lipsky, and several plant workers, neighbors, activists, and experts.

On Saturday, there will be a panel about secrecy at Rocky Flats that will be moderated by Maria Rogers Oral History Program oral historian Dorothy Ciarlo. Ciarlo conducted many of the interviews in our extensive collection about the nuclear weapons plant and the controversies that dogged its history.

The Arvada Center exhibit that accompanies this event uses excerpts from our Rocky Flats interviews to bring that history to life.

The events at the Arvada Center this weekend are free and open to the public. You can find a schedule of events here.

And we have a new flyer to let people know about our oral history program’s online Rocky Flats collection, which you can see here.

And finally, we invite you to stop by the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History (1125 Pine St. in Boulder) during the month of June to see an exhibit of photos about Rocky Flats drawn from the Daily Camera collection. Thanks to Hope Arculin for curating this exhibit.

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