By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society
A wrought iron gate, a smudged letter, and an old drum might rarely have intrinsic value. Rather, at least in the case of a museum, their value is in the stories behind them—what they represent—that gives them meaning.
Such is the case at the Los Alamos History Museum.
By DON CAVNESS
Los Alamos Historical Society Curator
All museums have a characteristic and somewhat capricious weakness when it comes to managing their collections. We all have orphan artifacts that have absolutely no paper trail. In many cases, institutional memories that at one time would have provided important clues to ownership and use have long since vanished.
LOS ALAMOS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Do you know the names of the five Nobel Prize winners who have lived on Bathtub Row? Or why the homesteaders who lived in the little cabin near the Memorial Rose Garden farmed only 15 acres on the plateau? Or what spurred Ashley Pond to start a western ranch-style school for wealthy, mostly eastern boys?
You can learn the answers to these and many other questions about Los Alamos history by taking a guided tour of the Los Alamos Historic District 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Trained volunteers and staff members lead visitors through the one-block area along Bathtub Row that encompasses all eras of Los Alamos history—and they also explain how Bathtub Row got its name! Some tours are delivered chronologically, while others are site specific and may skip around in time. Guides develop their own scripts based on extensive training and reading about Los Alamos history.
These articles are written by the Los Alamos Historical Society Staff. All articles were originally published by the Los Alamos Daily Post.