Atomic Museum to Host Event Friday, April 28

Promotional Graphic for the Atomic Museum’s “Counterintelligence for the Manhattan Project and Beyond” Event.
(Graphic Courtesy of the Atomic Museum)


Interviews Available with Dr. Vince Houghton, Director of the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Museum

The Atomic Museum invites guests to “Counterintelligence for the Manhattan Project and Beyond.” The distinguished lecture presented by Dr. Vince Houghton, director of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) National Cryptologic Museum, will take place on Friday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dr. Houghton’s lecture will spotlight the intelligence and counterintelligence mission surrounding the United States’ nuclear weapons program. From its early beginnings during the Manhattan Project to advanced tools used during the Cold War by U.S. intelligence agencies such as the NSA, guests will learn how the U.S. kept watch on its adversaries—while also preventing them from stealing nuclear secrets.

In addition to his role as the director of the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum, Dr. Houghton is also the former historian and curator for the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in diplomatic and military history from the University of Maryland, where his research was centered on U.S. scientific and technological intelligence, including nuclear intelligence, in World War II and the early Cold War. He has taught extensively at the middle school, high school and university levels, most recently at the University of Maryland, where he lectured on the history of U.S. intelligence, U.S. diplomatic history, the Cold War and the history of science.

Dr. Houghton’s book, “Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board,” will also be available for purchase in the museum’s gift store.

General admission to the event is $15 and student admission is $10. Little Boy level museum members and above are free but reservations are required. Event entry also includes access to the Atomic Museum’s new “SPY” exhibit, created in partnership with the National Cryptologic Museum. Guests unable to attend the lecture in person can attend via Zoom. For more information or to register, click here.

The Atomic Museum is operated and maintained by its parent company, the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation (NTSHF), an IRS 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit organization chartered in Nevada. The Atomic Museum is one of 37 museums designated as an Affiliate Partner of the Smithsonian Institution and is a repository for one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history in the world. Covering nuclear history beginning with the first test at the Nevada Test Site on January 27, 1951, the Atomic Museum’s exhibitions and programming also address current affairs related to the nuclear industry. For more information, go to and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Atomic Museum to Host Event Friday, April 28
Atomic Museum to Host Event Friday, April 28