HISTORY MUSEUM News:
The Los Alamos History Museum is excited to congratulate the winners of the museum’s coloring contest: Kalylah H. (1st place), Lilja S. (2nd place), and Oceanah G. (3rd place).
The coloring contest was open to all ages during the month of June and artists as young as 4 and as old as 70 submitted their interpretations of a coloring page from Meet Bences Gonzales. The three winners will get a pizza party at Ashley Pond Park and a special guided tour of the Romero Cabin, which Bences Gonzales helped to build.
Honorable mentions are awarded to: Mickayll, Jenae, Trinity, Robbie, Hailey, Kenneth, Armando, Billy, Florence, Locis, Savanna, Abby, Harmony, Josie Emily, Gwendolyn Raine, Colt, Raymond, Pierce, Anna, Mila, Kadin, Natalie, Taclin, Maxton, Jonah, Aleka, Lia, Dalia, Sydney, Jacob, Yan Kao, Adara, and Elizabeth.
Meet Bences Gonzales is a coloring and activity book published by Bathtub Row Press, the publishing arm of the Los Alamos Historical Society. The book is illustrated by Santa Fe artist Turner Mark-Jacobs. Meet Bences Gonzales won this year’s Pablita Velarde Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico. The book follows the real story of community leader Bences Gonzales as he homesteaded, ran the Trading Post for the Los Alamos Ranch School, worked for the Manhattan Project, and contributed to civic life after World War II. In the book there are cabins to build, pack trips to plan, and even a mysterious explosion to investigate.
The Los Alamos History Museum is in its temporary space in the Community Building, 475 20th Street, while the museum campus is undergoing renovations. The museum is free and open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends. Guided tours, which include a visit to the Romero Cabin, are offered at 11 a.m., Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tour tickets are $10 and available in the museum.