Los Alamos Historical Society’s Heather McClenahan To Retire … Search Begins For New Executive Director

Heather McClenahan

Los Alamos Historical Society News:

The Board of Directors of the Los Alamos Historical Society announced today that it is beginning a search for a new executive director. Current Executive Director Heather McClenahan will retire from full-time museum work the first week of April to pursue a free-lance writing and editing business and to travel.

“With its tremendous community support, the Historical Society has a bright future,” said Michael Wheeler, president of the board. “We look forward to finding a dynamic new leader who will continue the organization’s growth and forward momentum.”

Ron Wilkins, chair of the executive search committee, agreed. “The Society is looking for a new director who has a real passion for history and will connect with the community to tell the stories of Los Alamos and its people,” he said.

The new leader will direct the award-winning Los Alamos History Museum, located in the heart of downtown Los Alamos, as well as the Society’s extensive archives, its publishing arm—Bathtub Row Press—and educational programs. Responsibilities will include advocacy, sustainability, strategic partnering, programming, and outreach.

McClenahan, who has served as executive director since 2011 and oversaw the recent renovation and expansion of the museum, will continue to be engaged with Los Alamos history, working on a book, teaching, and consulting.

“It’s such a privilege to be able to work with the volunteers, staff, and board of directors of the Los Alamos Historical Society,” she said. “We have terrific history, a wonderful community, and exciting new possibilities on the horizon. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the Society.”

A copy of the executive director job posting is available on the Historical Society’s website, www.losalamoshistory.org/director.


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