Los Alamos Historical Society Honors Helene Suydam During Pre-Gala Event At Bethe House

Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member John Ruminer presents the Los Alamos History Award to Helene and Jerry Suydam during a pre-gala event Friday evening at the Bethe House. Jerry has passed away but since the 1950s, he and Helene owned the home on Bathtub Row once occupied by J. Robert Oppenheimer. The couple donated the Oppenheimer House to the Los Alamos Historical Society in 2004. Helene continues to contribute to the Los Alamos Historical Society in many ways and was honored for her generosity at Friday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Helene Suydam, 95, who with her husband Jerry Suydam donated the Oppenheimer House to the Los Alamos Historical Society,  Los Alamos Historical Society Campaign Co-chair Denny Erickson and Dorothy Perkins who with her husband Clay Perkins donated the Bethe House to the Los Alamos Historical Society. The Los Alamos Historical Society held a pre-gala wine and cheese gathering at the Bethe House where Suydam was honored. The group moved over to historic Fuller Lodge a short time later for the Los Alamos Historical Society 2014 Fall Gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Los Alamos Historical Society Board President Ron Wilkins, Executive Director Heather McClenahan and Board Member John Ruminer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan speaks to the crowd gathered Friday at the Bethe House for a pre-gala event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan discusses the history of Bethe House before taking patrons on a tour. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Clay Perkins, center, speaks to the crowd during Friday’s event. He and his wife Dorothy, left, are collectors of Mahattan Project artifacts and purchased the Hans Bethe House at 1350 Bathtub Row and donated it to the Los Alamos Historical Society. The Historical Society will use space in the Bethe House to tell stories of the role Los Alamos played in the Cold War. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

From left, Nancy and John Bliss, Los Alamos Historical Society Campaign Co-chair Sharon Stover, President Ron Wilkins, Executive Director Heather McClenahan and Board Member John Ruminer. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dorothy Perkins speaks with friends at Friday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Michael and Kyle Wheeler. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Executive Director Heather McClenahan of the Los Alamos Historical Society with her husband Bob McClenahan Jr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chatting at Friday’s pre-gala event, from left, Denny Erickson, Terry Izraelevitz, County Councilor David Izraelevitz and Carolyn Bossert. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Wine from Don Quixote Distillery and Winery in White Rock is served at the event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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