The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global audience, and for future generations. We do this through the Los Alamos Historical Museum, the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives and Collection, publications through Bathtub Row Press, ownership and interpretation of historic buildings, educational programs such as our lecture series, and more.
Photo: Detroit businessman Ashley Pond started the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1917 to help boys become strong young men through a life of rigorous outdoor living and classical education. He also wanted to give youngsters a chance to improve their health away from polluted, urban environments. Above, a string of Ranch School horses, riders, and pack horses have traversed the eastern peaks of the Jemez Mountains and meander into the Valle Grande. Each boy had to manage his own tent and gear, and keep his horse fed and groomed. Camping trips into the surrounding mountains were frequent and well-remembered. The ins and outs of camping were as much a part of the ranch school curriculum as Latin and geometry. See "History of the Los Alamos Ranch School." (archive)
Free Training Offered for Los Alamos History Tour Guides
The Los Alamos Historical Society is gearing up for tourist season by offering free training about the community's history and historic district. Those interested in the training should attend a kickoff meeting on Thursday, March 26, at 3 p.m. in the Nambè Room of Fuller Lodge. It will be led by professional tour guide Georgia Strickfaden. Training is free and open to the public; registration is not required.
Potential tour guides, museum docents and the public are encouraged to participate in nine training sessions that will allow them to become Los Alamos Historical Society “Certified Guides.” Information on certification will be available at the kickoff meeting. Training sessions will run for nine Thursdays at 3 p.m. starting April 2. The sessions will be held in the historic Hans Bethe House, 1350 Bathtub Row.
Read more and download the Tour Guide training schedule.
Contact: Heather McClenahan at 505.662.6272 or .
Obama Signs the NDAA Bill—The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is Established!
Obama's signature has finalized the NDAA bill including the Manhattan Project National Historical Park! After years of effort by a long list of dedicated individuals it is now official. Stay tuned—there will be plenty of time to celebrate as we move into the new era of Los Alamos history building.
Los Alamos Historical Society Launched its First ebook.
Launched on Small Business Saturday, is the ebook version of The Secret Project Notebook by Carolyn Reeder. Beloved in print, this children's book tells the story of Fritz, the son of a Manhattan Project scientist, and is now available on your ereader!
Rare interview with Dorothy McKibbin now online!
The Atomic Heritage Foundation just released a never-before-heard interview with Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin on our "Voices of the Manhattan Project" website. As you know, McKibbin was the "Gatekeeper to Los Alamos" and the first reassuring face fatigued Manhattan Project recruits saw upon arriving in Santa Fe. In her interview, she discusses her first encounter with J. Robert Oppenheimer, which left her mesmerized by his delicate charm. She immediately knew she wanted to work for him.
You may also read their article about her interview and discover the chain of events that led to her career at 109 East Palace, in the heart of Santa Fe.
Historical Society Honors Its Legacy Society Members
On Saturday, June 21, the Los Alamos Historical Society honored members of its Legacy Society, those who have donated to the Society through their estate plan. Read more about it in this wonderful article from the Los Alamos Daily Post.
Historical Society Acquires Historic Bathtub Row Home
Thanks to the generous donation of Clay and Dorothy Perkins, collectors of Manhattan Project artifacts, the Los Alamos Historical Society is acquiring the historic home at 1350 Bathtub Row. Originally built in 1931 for the business manager of the Los Alamos Ranch School, the house served as home to two Nobel Prize winners, Edwin McMillan (transuranic chemistry) and Hans Bethe (astrophysics). Because of Bethe's long connection to Los Alamos and leading role in the Manahttan Project and beyond, the Society is calling the house the Hans Bethe House. It is next door to the wartime home of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, which the Society owns in a life trust.
The Historical Society will use space in the Bethe House to tell stories of the role Los Alamos played in the Cold War. As Clay and Dorothy Perkins were close friends of former Los Alamos Laboratory Director Harold Agnew, the new part of the museum complex will be dedicated to telling the stories of Harold's role in Los Alamos and as a Cold Warrior.