Rotating Exhibit

Throughout the year, the REACH Museum showcases rotating exhibits in the Hoch Gallery, highlighting themes of agriculture, history, heritage, and science relevant to our time.

The current featured exhibit focuses on the Immigrants of the Manhattan Project.

In the decade leading up to World War II, there was active persecution of religious minorities and political opponents. As a result, numerous leading scientists, philosophers, and academics fled to the West. Many of the refugees became naturalized U.S. citizens and some joined the Manhattan Project. The large number of immigrants working on the Manhattan Project gave the American nuclear program an international character unusual in such a top-secret endeavor. There is no question that the new U.S. citizens played a vital role in the development and completion of the Project.


Here are all the people featured:

Leo Szilard: received the Atoms for Peace Award in 1959

Walter H. Zinn: Received the Atoms for Peace Award 1960

George Kistiakowsky: Received the medal of Freedom in 1961 and the National Medal of Science in 1967

John Von Neumann: Received the Enrico Fermi Award in 1956

James Franck: Received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925

Isidor Isaac Rabi: Received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1944

Emilio Serge: Received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959

Eugene Paul Wigner: Received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963

Maria Goeppert Mayer: Received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963

Hans Albrecht Beth: Received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1967

Chien-Shiung Wu: Received the Wolf Prize in Physics 1978

Albert Einstein: Received the Nobel Prize in 1922

Enrico Fermi: Received the Nobel Prize in 1938

Edward Teller:  Received the Albert Einstein Award in 1958

The Immigrants of the Manhattan Project Exhibit will run through March 26th, 2020.