Spring Training In Los Alamos Means Learning The Community’s History

By HEATHER MCCLENAHAN
Los Alamos Historical Society
 
In Florida or Arizona, this season brings the crack of bats and the cheers of fans at baseball spring training games.
 
Spring training in Los Alamos has its own meaning—time for new volunteers to learn about Los Alamos history.
 
The Los Alamos Historical Society will host training sessions each Tuesday in April from 4:30–5:30 p.m. The classes will meet in the lobby of Fuller Lodge and then work their way around different areas of the museum campus and galleries.
 
The training is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, and there is no obligation to volunteer for the Historical Society—although it is encouraged.
 
The training sessions are part of the Historical Society’s certification program in which volunteers are trained to work in the Museum Shop and the historic Hans Bethe House, become tour guides, or act as docents in the homestead-era Romero Cabin. More
information on how to become a fully certified volunteer will be available at the first session.
 
Docents in the Los Alamos History Museum work one to four shifts a month; shifts are two or four hours. Tasks include greeting and orienting visitors, answering questions about Los Alamos history and the community, and making sales in the Museum Shop.
 
Hans Bethe House docents help visitors understand the community’s postwar history through the Harold Agnew Cold War Gallery. Romero Cabin docents share the community’s homestead history with visitors. Tour guides lead visitors on hour and a half tours featuring a stop inside the homestead-era Romero Cabin, a visit to an Ancestral Pueblo site, and stories about the giants of 20 th century physics who were here during the Manhattan Project as well as postwar Los Alamos.
 
Volunteers are needed for all positions.
 
This year’s training sessions will be:
  • April 3: an introductory session that lays out criteria and expectations for volunteers
  • April 10: discussions on Ancestral Pueblo people at the Ancestral Pueblo site in the Historic District and on homesteaders at the Romero Cabin
  • April 17: Los Alamos Ranch School and the Manhattan Project in those galleries in the museum
  • April 24: Los Alamos Cold War history in the Hans Bethe House as well as a wrap-up discussion
 
To become certified, volunteers will also watch special YouTube trainings on the various eras of Los Alamos history. Information on these will be available at the April 3 meeting.
 
For more information, please call Volunteer Coordinator and Museum Shop Manager Todd Nickols at 505.695.5250 or email museumshop@losalamoshistory.org.
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