“In the end, it doesn’t matter, all these other things that divide us. What matters is that we’re there for each other when the crisis comes.”
Who have you reached out to for support during a tough time?
New Mexicans supported each other during the evacuation, caring for people and animals in need. More than 700 evacuated animals, from guinea pigs to horses, were welcomed by the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, which expanded temporarily into the rodeo grounds. Guided by local ham radio operators, several organizations came into the empty town to save pets left behind in the evacuation, helping more than 500 animals. Local animal rescue group Kritter Gitters cared for animals that the shelters were unprepared for: chickens, ducks, skunks, snakes, and more.
Evacuated families poured into emergency shelters across the Española Valley. Evacuees were also welcomed into the houses of Valley residents, who compassionately opened their homes to strangers, offering spare bedrooms, boarding for pets, and stables for horses. Shop clerks and hotel staff, when hearing customers were evacuees, offered discounts and sometimes refused payment entirely. Los Alamos residents were welcomed, warmly and generously, into a larger community some had not experienced before.
Header photo by Vint Miller, courtesy Los Alamos County.
Were you here for the Cerro Grande Fire? Click here to share your story with us and to read stories of resilience from friends and neighbors.
When the Los Alamos History Museum reopens, join us in the Guest Cottage to see Resilience and Regrowth in person. The museum exhibit has the space to share even more photographs, artifacts, and personal stories.
Thank you for your donations that made this exhibit possible!
Nancy and John Bartlit
Stephen A. Becker
Brent and Robyn Collom
John S. Hendricks
Hans and Ryn Hermann
Linda and Bob Hill
Mary Pat Kraemer
Robert C. Moore
Ben and Ruth Neal
Deborah and Rick Reiss
John and Kit Ruminer
Santa Fe New Mexican
Georgia and Gerry Strickfaden
Cherie and Andy Trottier
Roger Waterman and Emily McGay
In creating this online exhibit, the Los Alamos Historical Society is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Humanities Council.