No place is better equipped to take a trip down memory lane than a museum, and the Bradbury Science Museum used its resources to full advantage for its 50th anniversary celebration on Wednesday.
Robert Krohn, who was in charge of nuclear tests at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, convinced laboratory director Norris Bradbury of the need for a museum in 1954. The first museum, founded in an old icehouse on the banks of Ashley Pond, was classified and open only to official visitors.
In 1963, Director of Community Relations Robert Porton obtained Bradbury’s approval to display unclassified World War II era documents and photos along with scientific memorabilia and working models of unclassified research projects, and the museum opened to the general public as the Los Alamos Laboratory Scientific Museum. It drew 14,000 visitors from all 50 states and 40 countries in its first year.
Laboratory staff served as docents, including a secretary named Ruth Parker. Parker was on hand to share her memories on Wednesday.