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Community celebrates reopening of LA History Museum

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By Tris DeRoma

Fuller Lodge was filled to capacity Friday morning as residents and people from all over the country came to see the Los Alamos History Museum’s grand reopening.
The event included special guest speaker Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson President Harry S. Truman. Truman was the first and only U.S. president to deploy nuclear weapons in war.
The other surprise wasn’t in the program, but was just as welcomed. Near the end of the event, local accountant James Dinkel came forward with a $100,000 check. He presented the check on behalf of the estate of Dr. Zenas “Slim” Boone and his wife Irene to Dennis Erickson. Erickson is co-chair of the “History is Here” campaign. The campaign raises money to preserve and protect the buildings that make up Los Alamos’ historic legacy, including the museum.
Daniel shared anecdotes with the audience, including a story about the time Truman’s 4-year-old son Daniel and his 2-year-old brother turned off the TV so Truman could read Thucydides’ “History of the Peloponnesian War” to them. He also talked about coming to terms with his grandfather being president of the United States.


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