Last updated: 1/31/2010
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Street Address
1050 Bathtub Row
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 43
Los Alamos, NM 87544
phone: 505-662-6272
fax: 505-662-6312
e-mail: historicalsociety@losalamoshistory.org
web: www.losalamoshistory.org
Hours
Daylight Standard Time: 10-4 Mon-Sat and 1 to 4 on Sundays

Daylight Savings Time: 9:30-4:30 Mon-Sat and 1 to 4 on Sundays

Admissions
Free -- donation box at entrance
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Heather Mcclenahan, Assistant Director
phone: 505-662-6272
Hedy Dunn, Museum Director
phone: 505-662-6272
Rebecca Collinsworth, Archivist
phone: 505-662-6272
Kathy Ankeny, Shop Manager
phone: 863-983-6549 x12278
Diane Starkovich, Publications Clerk
phone: 505-662-2660
Phil Logan, Publications Clerk
phone: 505-662-2660
Stephanie Yeamans, Registrar
phone: 505-662-6272
Description

We preserve and interpret the 1.5 million years of history of the area, from the explosion of a volcano that shaped our landscape to the explosion of the atomic bomb made in our town that shaped the world both militarily and scientifically. We plan to administer the historic home of Manhattan Project Scientific Director, J. Robert Oppenheimer and open a newly-restored homesteading cabin on our grounds.

History

Our Historical Society was formed in 1968 to preserve the former guest cottage of the Los Alamos Ranch School, a private log and stone cottage that was part of the core buildings taken by the Manhattan Project under eminent domain to use as the site to develop the atomic bomb for military use during World War II. The Historical Society is now the largest such organization in the state with almost 600 local and nation-wide members. We also have a research archives and have published over 30 books on local history and natural history.

Artifact Collections

Our collections consist of 2,983 accessions divided into 5,680 artifacts and 11,813 documents. These items include the broad categories of archaeology, ethnology, homesteading, Los Alamos Ranch School, Manhattan Project, early and recent Los Alamos history. Artifacts include everything from pottery to textiles, photographs, maps, documents, art work, domestic or household items, and every kind of material including wood, paper, cotton, metal, ceramic, etc. Currently artifacts are stored by era rather than by material.

Educational Programs

Exhibitions (permanent and temporary as well as traveling); Teacher workshops as well as teacher resources on our website; docent tours of historic area and museum; gallery tours on request; monthly free lectures; publishing of relevant historical and natural history books.

Library

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

Quarterly newsletter and annual report. We publish pamphlets on specialty topics for periodic free distribution to large donors. Also, an ambitious program of publishing history books on local themes.

  • Los Alamos Historical Society Newsletter
  • Los Alamos Historical Society Annual Report
  • "Nutshell" publications for major donors
  • Thirty books all available on Amazon.com or our website
  • Services

    Gift Shop

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