Exhibit Showcases the Life of a Community Pillar
When former state Sen. Steve Stoddard passed away earlier this year, Los Alamos lost a treasure. Along with being a military veteran, a devout family man, a politician, a conservationist, and a ceramics engineer, Steve engaged children and adults alike, urging them into service. Learn more about this remarkable man and his contributions to Los Alamos through a new exhibit, "Steve Stoddard's Life and Legacy," now on display at the Los Alamos Historical Museum through December.
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 called the "Harold Agnew Cold War Museum."
The house is undergoing a major reconstruction project since it flooded last winter. We will keep everyone updated as plans move forward and exhibits are developed.
"Voices of the Manhattan Project" Online
In the conjunction with the Atomic Heritage Foundation, the Los Alamos Historical Society is proud to announce a new website that will be a boon to researchers and students of World War II. Entitled "Voices of the Manhattan Project," the new website features video oral histories and transcripts from people who worked on the project at locations throughout the country. They tell stories of work on the project, life during World War II, and much more. The site was made possible by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Kerr Foundation, and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
Help for National History Day
With school starting, students across the country will begin work on National History Day projects. For those who decide to create a project based on atomic energy, atomic weapons, the Manhattan Project, or other related topics, check out the Los Alamos Historical Society's NHD page, which includes answers to frequently asked questions and links to numerous primary sources.
Travelling Exhibits Available to New Mexico Museums
The Los Alamos Historical Museum has four small travelling exhibits available to museums in New Mexico. The exhibits include information on Peggy Pond Church, the first lady of New Mexico poetry; the Las Conchas wildfire; William "Deak Parsons, New Mexico's own "atomic admiral"; and "Rider of the Pale Horse" about the development of the atomic bomb. Click here to find more information and how to rent the exhibits.