Los Alamos Historical Society Hosts Chamber FAN Club at Bethe House

From left, Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop Manager Kathy Ankeny, former Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Hedy Dunn and current Executive Director Heather McClanahan gathered together at Wednesday’s FAN Club at the Bethe House on Bathtub Row. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

This month’s Chamber FAN Club was hosted Wednesday evening by the Los Alamos Historical Society and held at the Bethe House on historic Bathtub Row. The house at 1350 Bathtub Row has been completely renovated by Roland Caspersen with an eye to historical accuracy … and it has two bathtubs.

Physicist and history buff Clay Perkins and his wife Dorothy purchased Bethe House last year and have paid for the renovations, which cost around $100,000. They’ll donate the property to the Los Alamos Historical Society in September.

The house was home to Nobel laureates Edwin McMillan in chemistry and Hans Bethe in physics. Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClanahan explained that along with housing the Harold Agnew Cold War Museum, plans also include an exhibit honoring all Nobel laureates from Los Alamos as well as a room exhibiting the Lab’s efforts in non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The Historical Society decided to name the home the Bethe House as a way to recognize the importance of Bethe as the head of the Theoretical Division of the Manhattan Project.

From left, Elizabeth Kallman, partner in a start-up business called Dynofit, visits with Chamber Director Katy Korkos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Pete Sheehey, left, speaks with guests at Wedneday’s FAN Club. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop Manager Kathy Ankeny chats with guests at the Bethe House Wednesday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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