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By The Staff

The second Heritage Partners Annual Campaign for the Los Alamos Historical Society is under way. This year’s theme, “$40,000 for the Museum’s 40th,” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Los Alamos Historical Museum, which opened in July 1968.

“The annual campaign is critical this year because a three-year grant we received for Manhattan Project preservation has been completed,” Museum Director Hedy Dunn said. “We are counting on the community and our members to help us keep the momentum going that started with the grant.”

The $226,000 grant allowed the historical society to expand its offerings, including publishing 11 new and reprinted titles; redesigning and expanding the society’s website; completing more oral histories; cataloging more artifacts, documents and photographs related to the Manhattan Project; and bringing in a variety of World War II-related traveling exhibits.

Dunn explained community support is valuable to maintaining the level of services the historical society has provided.

She said the county supports one quarter to one-third of what it takes to run the historical museum. Plus, there is no admission fee to go to the museum and membership dues only cover the basics. Dunn added many museums and cultural institutions have specific drives to supplement their budgets.