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The golden trees on the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains have inspired the Los Alamos Historical Society to sponsor a fall and summer photo contest. Winners will have their photographs made into greeting cards and added to the Los Alamos Historical Museum archival collection.
The Historical Society introduced an exclusive line of greeting cards two years ago using photos from the museum collection. It includes scenes from Pajarito Mountain, an historic picture of Fuller Lodge in the snow and a reproduction of a 1928 Christmas card from the Los Alamos Ranch School. A winter photo contest held in 2008 added snowy scenes from Ashley Pond and other local spots.
“Our last contest demonstrated that Los Alamos is full of wonderful photographers,” said Heather McClenahan, assistant museum director. “We want to capture scenes of Los Alamos today for the collection so that future researchers and others interested in the history of Los Alamos will be able to see the beauty of our community as it now.”
Photographs should be of summer or fall scenes that are unique to, and recognizable as, Los Alamos. They may be recent or historic.
Five winners will have their photographs made into greeting cards or other items that will be sold in the Los Alamos Historical Museum Shop. They will receive a free set of cards, a Los Alamos Historical Society publication and credit for the photographs on the cards. The photos become the property of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will become part of the museum collection, and may be used on the Web site or for other purposes.
Photos may submitted electronically (at 180 to 300 dpi or greater) to historical
.org, by mail to 1050 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM, 87544, or dropped off at the Historical Society offices, on the second floor of the north wing of Fuller Lodge. Entries should include the photographer’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address; the date of the photograph; and a short description. Limit of five entries per person. The deadline for entries is Nov. 17.
The Los Alamos Historical Society manages the Los Alamos Historical Museum, the Museum Shop and the Los Alamos Historical Archives. In addition to publishing more than 30 books on Los Alamos and its history, the Society is involved in historic preservation through its ownership of historic properties such as the Oppenheimer House and Romero Cabin.
The Los Alamos Historical Museum is located off Central Avenue just north of Fuller Lodge. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-
4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and donations are welcome.