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By Special to the Monitor

Within the top-secret laboratories in New Mexico, the largest and most destructive weapon in history was born. In just 27 months, Manhattan Project scientists from around the world combined recent discoveries in nuclear physics with innovative engineering solutions to create the world’s first atomic bombs. While it has been 65 years since the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the legacy of the atomic bomb profoundly impacts New Mexico and the world today.

From June 14-18, teachers from across New Mexico will gather at St. John’s College in Santa Fe to explore the social, cultural, political and military implications of the Manhattan Project as part of a professional development workshop.

The program is organized by the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF), a nonprofit in Washington, DC dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Manhattan Project and Atomic Age.

The workshop includes a special tour of the historic properties now being restored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the future Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

Over four days, teachers will hear from prominent historians, authors, veterans, government officials and Pueblo community representatives on the Manhattan Project.

They will visit the New Mexico History Museum, take a walking tour of historic sites in Santa Fe, travel to the San Ildefonso Pueblo and the Poeh Cultural Center.

In addition to the walking tours and other excursions, teachers will attend a special

performance of Robert Benjamin’s latest play, Broken Hammer. 

After lunch with Manhattan Project veterans and retired laboratory employees, they will have a walking tour of Bathtub Row and the Los Alamos Historical Society Museum.

The Atomic Heritage Foundation has just published A Guide to Manhattan Project Sites in New Mexico, a first-of-a-kind guide that traces the journey of young Manhattan Project recruits from their arrival in New Mexico to the successful test of the world’s first atomic bomb near Alamogordo.

For further information, please see the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s Web site at www.atomicheritage or contact Catherine Hollander, Atomic Heritage Foundation, at 202-293-0045 or by e-mail at chollander@atomic

heritage.org.