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Mound Cold War Discovery Center - Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Dayton History Site:

Mound Cold War Discovery Center

1075 Mound Road, Miamisburg, Ohio 45324

On the site of the former Mound Laboratory complex.

(Across the street from the Miamisburg Adena Indian Mound). For More Information see

Price: Free

The Mound Lecture Series is presented by the Mound Science and Energy Museum Association. Lectures are held the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Topics vary each month.

October 26th: Chadwick D. Barklay “Current Status of radioisotope power systems (RPS) since Casini”


From 1948–2003, the scientific work of Mound Laboratory was so top secret that some remains classified to this day. Named for the neighboring Adena earthwork—one of the two largest conical mounds in eastern North America—this government facility revolutionized Cold War, Nuclear Age, and Space Race history.

As the nation’s first Atomic Energy Commission site constructed after World War II, Mound Laboratory continued the work of the storied Dayton Project. By transforming obscure locales into laboratories—a seminary, warehouses, an opulent playhouse—the Dayton Project, part of the larger Manhattan Project, produced the trigger for the atomic bomb. During the Space Race, Mound technology such as Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) launched America into the final frontier.

Time and again, Daytonians have proved themselves masters of research and development, and Mound Laboratory would become yet another chapter in the city’s world-changing history.


About Carillon Historical Park

Carillon Historical Park is part of Dayton History, a private non-profit organization established to preserve, share, and celebrate our region’s history. The Park's 65-acre campus is home to over 30 historic structures and cares for over three million artifacts. In addition to Carillon Historical Park, the following sites rest under Dayton History’s care: Carillon Brewing Co., Hawthorn Hill, Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, the Mound Cold War Discovery Center, Memorial Hall, and the Archive Center.

Carillon Historical Park • 1000 Carillon Blvd. • Dayton Ohio 45409 •


Carillon Historical Park is Site #4 on the Aviation Trail


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