Historic experiences to be auctioned off

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Event: There will also be an ice cream social, as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s Annual Meeting

By Special to the Monitor

 At its annual Experience Auction, the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering opportunities to ring the bell on Fuller Lodge, to tour the historic home of Dorothy McKibbin, the “Gatekeeper to Los Alamos,” or to fly over the Pajarito Plateau, among the many offerings.

The auction is part of the Society’s Annual Meeting at 6 p.m. May 8 in Fuller Lodge. The event, including an ice cream social and a lecture by historian Richard Melzer, are free and open to the public.

“Rather than give people more ‘things’ to bid on, we like to offer them experiences that they will always remember,” said Heather McClenahan, executive director. 

Items for bid at the auction include: 

• A tour to Ashley Pond’s first Ranch School near Watrous, N.M.

• A stay in the historic Eklund hotel in Clayton and a tour of the Folsom Man site on May 19

• A Santa Fe Opera package

• 45-minute airplane flight over the Pajarito Plateau

• A tour of Dorothy McKibbin’s historic Santa Fe home and her office at 109 E. Palace Ave. with lunch at the Shed restaurant

• A spy tour of Santa Fe with Recorsos and a copy of the book, “A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque” by E.B. Held

• An overnight stay and breakfast for two at Bishop’s Lodge and Resort

• A PEEC Fly tying class with Bill Orr, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 11, 18 and 25 

• Bread making at Santa Clara Pueblo

• Ringing the historic bell in Fuller Lodge

Local actor and musician Jeff Favorite returns this year as auctioneer. A silent auction is also part of the festivities. Funds from the auction support the Society’s efforts to preserve artifacts in the museum collection and to create new exhibits.

Melzer, author of “New Mexico: Celebrating the Land of Enchantment” and history professor at the University of New Mexico Valencia campus, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on “New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood featuring Political Cartoons Before 1912 Concerning New Mexico’s Image.” Melzer’s presentation will focus on New Mexico’s 62-year struggle for statehood, providing five main reasons for this long delay. He will use contemporary political cartoons to illustrate New Mexico’s poor image, especially back East. Melzer will also explain how these problems were largely overcome and statehood was finally achieved by 1912. The lecture is the last in a series celebrating 100 years of Los Alamos history and New Mexico statehood and is an official event of the New Mexico Centennial Celebration.

 For more information, visit losalamoshistory.org.