million years ago a series of massive volcanic eruptions created a plateau on the fringe of a mountain range, isolated and made remote by a muddy river below. In the course of history, that isolation played a key role in a world-changing event: the top-secret project to develop the atomic bombs that ended World War II. Los Alamos became known as the place where scientists unleashed the power of the atom, but the still-remote plateau embraces a multi-faceted history.
For nearly half a century, the Los Alamos Historical Society has preserved, promoted, and communicated the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, the global audience, and future generations.
You can be an integral part of assuring and advancing these efforts for the future.
In the spring of 2013, the archives and collections moved to a purpose-built facility that is part of Los Alamos County’s new Municipal Building. While the collections are finally protected like never before, the real work is just beginning. The collections continue to grow, with more than 1,800 linear feet of documents, photographs, and artifacts already in existence. More than 20,000 items have been cataloged. The job ahead is to record the remaining uncataloged items as well as new acquisitions for research purposes and to make them accessible to the public. Failure to do so will prevent maximizing the collection’s potential at a time when attention and traffic are increasing with the interest in the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
Contributing to the Los Alamos Historical Society’s $7 million History is Here Capital and Endowment Campaign gives you the opportunity to:
▸ Protect our stories through the Los Alamos History Museum archives and collections
▸ Enhance and develop new visitor learning experiences in the Museum
▸ Share our stories through outstanding publications
▸ Preserve historically significant buildings such as the log and stone Oppenheimer and
Bethe houses as well as the homestead-era Romero Cabin
▸ Reach additional audiences through diverse venues, new technologies, and educational
▸ Attract national attention to our dynamic history by supporting and cooperating with
endeavors such as the Manhattan Project National Historical Park
▸ Campaign Leadership
▸ Please Join Us
▸ Ways to Give
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