Los Alamos Historical Society Annual Gala Sept. 15

Parties in Fuller Lodge, from the Manhattan Project to the Historical Society’s gala, are a historic tradition. This year’s gala will be held Sept. 15 at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

Denny Erickson accepts the 2017 Los Alamos History Award from Historical Society Board President Michael Wheeler. The winner of the annual award will be announced at a special pre-gala reception. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society


The Los Alamos Historical Society is hosting its fifth annual gala on Sept. 15, celebrating three milestone anniversaries in our community this year: the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 22, the 75th Anniversary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the 50th Anniversary of the Los Alamos History Museum.

The event  begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Hans Bethe House with the reception for the gala at 5 p.m.. The gala will begin at  6 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.

Tables will sparkle and guests will reminisce at the majestic and historic Fuller Lodge for a fabulous celebration that will include:

• Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres
• Delectable dinner catered by Pig + Fig Cafe
• Cash bar from Blue Window Bistro
• Live and silent auctions of treasures and one-of-a-kind experiences
• Live music with Los Alamos Big Band (always a Los Alamos favorite!)

A limited number of tickets are available for the exclusive VIP champagne reception at the historic Hans Bethe House beginning at 4:30 p.m., when the annual Los Alamos History Award will be presented.

Dress for this year’s event is in the spirit of the anniversaries that are being celebrated. Participants are encouraged to join in the fun and select their favorite anniversary era—1920s, 1940s, or 1960s—or just grab an accessory or two to add a little vintage charm to their outfits.

The highlight of the gala each year is the Experience Auction, an opportunity to bid on exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences that often have a historic theme.

Some of this year’s items include a new tour titled Prospecting for Uranium History in Southwestern Colorado; the popular visit to Ashley Pond’s first ranch school and frontier sites near Watrous, NM; and lunch with the superintendent of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Keep an eye on the Historical Society’s Facebook page over the next few weeks for more information and other items.

More information and tickets are available at www.losalamoshistory.org/gala.html. Ticket prices are currently $75 for the gala dinner at Fuller Lodge and $125 for the VIP champagne reception at the Hans Bethe House. Early bird prices end Aug. 26.

In addition to the gala, the Historical Society is offering a raffle for a week-long stay in Hawaii.

The seven-night stay in a two-bedroom condo on the Kohala Coast on the big island of Hawaii may be completed any time between May and October 2019. Tickets are one for $25 or five for $100.

Only 200 tickets will be sold, and the winner need not be present at the gala. More information and the opportunity to purchase tickets can be found at www.losalamoshistory.org/hawaii.html.