Atomic Film Festival to Present "Operation Crossroads"
Less than a year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the end of World War II, the United States undertook atomic bomb testing at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific. Known as Operation Crossroads, the tests would usher in an era of atmospheric testing that would last until 1963. Featured together in this movie are rare and historic films from the dawn of the atomic era. Join us Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge for "Operation Crossroads: The Dawn of Atomic Weapons."
Annual Meeting to Feature "109 East Palace: A 400-year Microcosm of Santa Fe"
The Los Alamos Historical Society's Annual Membership Meeting will be Tuesday, May 13, starting at 6 p.m. in Fuller Lodge. Join us for pizza and ice cream. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:30, with reports from the president, treasurer, and executive director, along with the board of directors election.
Beginning at 7:30, the 2013-2014 Los Alamos National Bank-sponsored lecture series season wraps up with a special presentation: The address of 109 East Palace Avenue in Santa Fe is most well-known for its role in the Manhattan Project. It is the office where the gatekeeper, Dorothy McKibbin, met the scientists and other workers who were on their way to Los Alamos for the top-secret WWII project. The history of the site, though, goes back 400 years and includes some of the most colorful characters in New Mexico history. John Ruminer, who has written a Los Alamos Historical Society "Nutshell" publication on 109 East Palace, will tell their tale.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Only members of the Los Alamos Historical Society are allowed to vote during the Annual Meeting. Click here to join the Historical Society.
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.
"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.