LANB Donates $50K To Los Alamos Historical Society

Los Alamos National Bank’s Senior Administrative Officer Rod Pittman, left, presents a check for $50,000 to the Los Alamos Historical Society, which is accepted by Board President Ron Wilkins during the organization’s annual meeting Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Wilkins commended LANB for its generosity and the many good works it does throughout the community. Executive Director Heather McClenahan, standing, and Historical Society board member Wendy Hoffman look on at right. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Audience members applaud as Senior Administrative Officer Rod Pittman presents a check for $50,000 on behalf of Los Alamos National Bank to the Los Alamos Historical Society Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com 

Los Alamos students recognized during Tuesday’s annual meeting of the Los Alamos Historical Society from left, Katie Delgado, Miriam Wallstrom, Kathryn McClenehan, Nate Delgado and Kaylen Pocaterra. Every Los Alamos student who attended the State National History Day contest placed this year including 1st in senior group website, 1st in senior paper, 1st and 2nd in senior individual documentary, 1st in junior individual performance, 2nd in senior individual website, 3rd in junior paper and 3rd in junior individual documentary. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Los Alamos Historical Society held its annual meeting Tuesday evening at Fuller Lodge where it received a $50,000 donation from Los Alamos National Bank. LANB’s Senior Administrative Officer Rod Pittman presented the check to Los Alamos Historical Society Board President Ron Wilkins.

The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for the local community, global audience, and future generations.

The organization does this through the Los Alamos Historical Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society Archives and Collection, publications through Bathtub Row Press, ownership and interpretation of historic buildings, educational programs such as its lecture series, and much more.

In the spring of 2013, the archives and collections of the Los Alamos Historical Society moved to a purpose-built facility that is part of Los Alamos County’s new Municipal Building. While the collections are finally protected like never before, the real work is just beginning.

The collections continue to grow, with more than 1,800 linear feet of documents, photographs, and artifacts already in existence. More than 20,000 items have been cataloged. The job ahead is to record the remaining uncatalogued items as well as new acquisitions for research purposes and to make them accessible to the public. Failure to do so will prevent maximizing the collection’s potential at a time when attention and traffic are increasing with the interest in the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

In January, the Los Alamos Historical Society announced its $7 million History is Here Capital and Endowment Campaign, which gives the public the opportunity to:

  • Protect Los Alamos stories through the Los Alamos Historical Museum archives and collections;
  • Enhance and develop new visitor learning experiences in the Museum;
  • Share Los Alamos stories through outstanding publications;
  • Preserve historically significant buildings such as the log and stone Oppenheimer and Bethe houses as well as the homestead-era Romero Cabin;
  • Reach additional audiences through diverse venues, new technologies, and educational programs; and
  • Attract national attention to the community’s dynamic history by supporting and cooperating with endeavors such as the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

It was announced during Tuesday’s annual meeting that the Los Alamos Historical Society has received $3.62 million in pledges to date for its Capital and Endowment Campaign.

Learn more about the work of the Los Alamos Historical Society and how to contribute here.

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