New Coloring/Activity Book On Los Alamos History



The Los Alamos Historical Society and Museum has published a new children’s activity book based on the life of Bences Gonzales.

The coloring pages and activities of Meet Bences Gonzales let children experience what life was like through many different eras of Los Alamos’ history. The book is available now in the Historical Museum’s shop, in its temporary home at 475 20th St., next to the Teen Center.

Bences Gonzales was an important community leader from the homesteading era through the post-war period. Following his life as he homesteaded, ran the Trading Post for the Los Alamos Ranch School, worked for the Manhattan Project, and contributed to civic life after the end of World War II, this activity book gives a window into daily life in Los Alamos throughout history.

There are cabins to build, pack trips to plan, and even a mysterious explosion to investigate in Meet Bences Gonzales. Local artist Turner Mark-Jacobs created the coloring pages and illustrations, based on historic reference photos from the Historical Society Archives.

The Los Alamos Historical Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Meet Bences Gonzales is $7. Members of the Historical Society receive a discount on purchases from the Museum Shop.