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Atomic Histories Jun 3, 2018 through May 27, 2019
Atomic Histories
Remembering New Mexico’s Nuclear Past

New Mexico History Museum

Beginning in World War II with the first research and fabrication of nuclear weapons in Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project and the first atomic bomb test at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico’s story is linked with the history of nuclear science and innovation. As soon as the war was over and the Cold War began, two national laboratories were founded in Los Alamos and Albuquerque that advanced the technologies of war and later, would pioneer cutting edge physics, chemistry and other scientific fields. Mines in the Grants Mineral Belt were opened in the western part of the state that unearthed the fuel for both weapons and new sources of energy. Eventually, the state was chosen to be the site of disposal for nuclear waste byproducts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in Carlsbad.  A new uranium enrichment plant has opened in Eunice. Old projects ended, and new challenges would emerge, but in the 21st century, New Mexico is at the forefront of our nation’s nuclear scientific endeavors.

This exhibit explores the most famous events, sometimes little known stories, and inventions born here which impact our lives, and helps to recognize the remarkable contributions of thousands of people involved in writing New Mexico’s Atomic Histories for the last 75 years. Two large-scale installations by Meridel Rubenstein are featured in this exhibition.

Curated by Melanie LaBorwit, Educator with the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.

Photo courtesy of the Los Alamos Historical Society Archives 



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The Meeting Installation, by Meridel Rubenstein.
Without a badge from the office at 109 East Palace, Santa Fe, no one was admitted inside the gates of the Manhattan Project. Military guards were on duty at all hours. PHOTOGRAPH CREDIT: Los Alamos Historical Society Archive.
Trinity Test at .044 seconds, taken with Berlyn Brixner’s high speed camera, which will be on display at the museum. Photo : Los Alamos National Laboratory Archives. Camera loan from Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Oppenheimer’s Chair, by Meridel Rubenstein. Photo Courtesy: New Mexico History Museum


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