We were impressed by the Los Alamos Historical Society and its museum. Both are operated by a very engaged board, staff, and volunteers, all of whom clearly care about the society, the museum, and the history of the area.
—Steve Friesen and Monta Lee Dakin, in a Museum Assessment Program report completed in 2010
ach year, more than 30,000 people from all over the world visit the Los Alamos Historical Museum. While most come to learn about the Manhattan Project, they leave fascinated by other aspects of Los Alamos history—the Los Alamos Ranch School, the 36 homesteads that existed prior to the war, and the Ancestral Pueblo Indian sites and petroglyphs that dot the canyons and mesas.
The Museum is housed in the oldest continuously used building in Los Alamos, the former Ranch School Infirmary and Guest House. Its walls of log and stone, dating to 1917, provide charm and ambiance. In 2015, this building will be closed for infrastructure upgrades. Since the last major update of the Museum exhibits occurred in the 1980s, the time has come for imparting our stories in fresh ways.
Stories that the community has come to know and love will always be a part of the Museum—the geology of the Jemez Mountains and the Pajarito Plateau, the history of the Ancestral Pueblo Indians, the homesteading era, the quarter century of the Los Alamos Ranch School, and, of course, the Manhattan Project. This campaign will help us update these popular exhibits.
With these renovations and additions, the Museum will be better able to convey the tremendous impacts and legacies of the world-changing history of Los Alamos.
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