Los Alamos Historical Society: Upcoming Lecture Examines Relationship Of Cold War And Atomic City

Samuel Buelow

By Sharon Snyder
Los Alamos Historical Society

What impact did the Cold War have on the development of Los Alamos?

That topic will be addressed Jan. 8 when Samuel Buelow delivers “Becoming the Atomic City: Community Growth and Change in Los Alamos During the Cold War,” a lecture in the continuing Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2018–2019 lecture series.

In addition to his own experience of growing up in Los Alamos in the 1980s, Buelow has examined the everyday experiences of Los Alamos residents by
delving into the historical society’s archives to research oral histories that reveal personal glimpses into the times.

He studied a history that was, in his words, “made by the people,” many of them from different countries of origin bringing different viewpoints. He scrutinized a town built around secrecy but one that also demonstrates a high level of collaboration.

Buelow combined interviews with many hours of reading past issues of local newspapers and publications like the laboratory’s Atom to gain an understanding of the controlling and influential factors of change that have created his hometown.

Buelow holds a PhD in Anthropology from Indiana University and has been a research fellow for the American Councils for International Education as well as an instructor for Indiana University on both the Bloomington and Purdue campuses. He has served as a board member for the Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and has co-chaired the Anthropology Graduate Student Association Symposium Committee.

Join members of the Los Alamos Historical Society and Buelow at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in Fuller Lodge for a fascinating look into Cold War history and how it connects with who we are today.

This talk is part of the ongoing “Anniversary Lecture Series” sponsored by Raffi Andonian and Nicole Kliebert. Visit http://losalamoshistory.org for a complete schedule of lectures and events.