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Historical Society’s archives produce great gifts

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By Special to the Monitor

The collection of the Los Alamos Historical Museum contains a vast array of unique photos and items, most of which are stored in Fuller Lodge. Now some of those are being brought to light and to life as unique items in the Historical Museum Shop.

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“The size of our museum requires that a vast part of the artifact and photo collection remain in storage,” Hedy Dunn, museum director, said. “Now, though, at least some of these can be shared through these new items in the Museum Shop. We tried to come up with items that not only would use our historical collection but also be unique gifts found no where else.”

One brand new article is a hefty, vintage, diner-style coffee mug with the logo of the Los Alamos Ranch School on one side and that of the museum on the other.

“The history of the Los Alamos Ranch School is integral to the history of Los Alamos,” Dunn said. “The Manhattan Project would not have come here had it not been for the ranch school buildings. Visitors find the story of the school is one of the most fascinating aspects of our history.”

Another exclusive Ranch School item is a reproduction of a 1928 Christmas card that the school director sent out. It features a watercolor of Fuller Lodge on the front and a poem by Peggy Pond Church inside.

Photos from the archives have been made into holiday and other greeting cards, postcards and high-quality, laminated bookmarks.

These include pictures of the Trinity blast, the world’s first man-made atomic explosion, Fuller Lodge, Ashley Pond and other Los Alamos sites.

The Museum Shop also carries more than 20 books that have been published by the Los Alamos Historical Society, including the award-winning “Tales of Los Alamos,” “Inside Box 1663” and “The Secret Project Notebook,” an award-winning fiction children’s book about the Manhattan Project.

Members of the Los Alamos Historical Society receive a 10 percent discount on all merchandise.

Memberships, which also make a great gift, are available in the museum.

The Los Alamos Historical Museum is located just north of Fuller Lodge at Central Avenue and Bathtub Row. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

Admission is free; donations are gladly accepted.

For more information, call 662-6272 or visit the Web site at www.losalamoshistory.org.