Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Los Alamos Historical Society

  • Los Alamos, NM
  • www.losalamoshistory.org

Mission Statement

The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and
communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories
of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the
global audience, and for future generations.

Main Programs

  1. Los Alamos Historical Museum
  2. Los Alamos National Bank-sponsored Lecture Series
  3. Publications
  4. Historic Properties
Service Areas

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International

The history that occurred in Los Alamos, the development of the first atomic bombs, changed the world. The Los Alamos Historical Society tells the stories of that history.

ruling year

1974

Principal Officer since 2011

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Heather McClenahan

Keywords

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history, education, Manhattan Project, historic preservation

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Also Known As

Los Alamos Historical Museum

EIN

85-0231249

 Number

7513567185

Physical Address

1050 Bathtub Row

Los Alamos, NM 87544

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Printing, Publishing (A33)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Los Alamos Historical Society is respected worldwide as
the source and repository for the compelling history of Los
Alamos and its people from prehistory to contemporary
times.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Los Alamos Historical Museum

The Los Alamos Historical Society operates the Los Alamos Historical Museum, publishes a variety of books on the cultural and natural history of the region, oversees the Los Alamos Historical Archives, preserves historic properties, and provides lectures and other events to promote the unique history of Los Alamos.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$321,000.00

Program 2

Los Alamos National Bank-sponsored Lecture Series

Lectures on the history of Los Alamos and the surrounding area that feature a variety of authors, historians, and people whose special interests coincide with the mission of the Historical Society and Museum.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$4,800.00

Program 3

Publications

Publication of books about the history of Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau. We try to publish two annually.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 4

Historic Properties

Ownership and interpretation of the homestead-era Romero Cabin and World War II home of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of the Los Alamos Historical Society is to respected worldwide as the source and repository for the compelling history of Los Alamos and its people from prehistory to contemporary times. Development of an upgraded archives facility, opening the Oppenheimer House to the public, and a major renovation to the Historical Museum offer new opportunities to share the stories of Los Alamos. These must be successfully integrated into current thriving programs – publications, lectures, oral histories, and the popular museum itself. The seven strategies listed below provide a path to that goal, to guide the activities of the board and staff in coming years.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Energize our interpretive opportunities and museum while expanding the stories of our community’s people;
    Develop accessible historical archives and collections in accordance with best practices and standards;
    Preserve the integrity of Los Alamos National Landmark Historic District;
    Nourish our Publications Division and recognize it as a fundamental element of our storytelling;
    Collaborate in the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park;
    Partner with local, state, and national entities;
    Ensure a sustainable future in order to meet its mission.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Los Alamos Historical Society has an energetic staff; an active, engaged board of directors; a group of dedicated volunteers; and the largest membership for any historical society in the state of New Mexico. In addition, the organization receives significant direct and in-kind support, including space for the museum, a brand new archives facility, and office space in a historic building, from the local government. These assets ensure the Historical Society is capable of achieving its goals and strategies.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Indicators for success in achieving the goals and strategies include: Financial stability, increased museum visitation and sales in the Museum Shop, increased donations to and researchers in the archives, the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, downtown development in Los Alamos through cultural programming, and a successful fundraising campaign to support the refurbishing of exhibits, publications, and other programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Los Alamos Historical Society Archives have recently moved into a new facility. With the new space, more volunteers are coming forward to help in the archives, as well. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park has passed the U.S. House and has passed through committee in the Senate. Collaborations with local cultural service providers have resulted in a summer time, "Late Friday Night" series of events that are drawing more people to the downtown.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The history that occurred in Los Alamos, the development of the first atomic bombs, changed the world. The Los Alamos Historical Society tells the stories of that history.

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Funding Needs

The Los Alamos Historical Society is a membership organization. Funds from our generous members and contributors support the operating budget of the museum. Upcoming funding needs from 2011-2015 include outfitting a new archives facility, upgrading exhibits in the museum, funding for publications, and support for an interpretive plan for the Oppenheimer House.

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LOS ALAMOS HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Los Alamos Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Heather McClenahan

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ronald Wilkins

No Affiliation

Term: May 2011 - May 2012

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