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New Mexico Association of Museums Conference held in Los Alamos

Attendees from all over the state (and beyond) come for a visit.
December 4, 2017

Heather McClenahan (in the red jacket to the right), executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, tours conference attendees around Fuller Lodge.

The theme of the conference was New Mexico Museums—Where Discoveries Happen!

In mid-November, more than 80 attendees came from as far away as Texas to spend several days in Los Alamos at this year’s annual New Mexico Association of Museums Conference. Our own Linda Deck, Museum director, headed the Local Arrangements Committee, and other Museum staff and local representatives helped ensure a successful event.

The theme of the conference was New Mexico Museums—Where Discoveries Happen!

Our visitors had a chance to attend sessions on museum-specific topics, such as collecting, preserving, and sharing oral histories; curating artifacts; and forming museum/community partnerships. They also had an opportunity to visit multiple attractions in town. Beyond that, there were road trips to places like the Poeh Cultural Center and Jemez Pueblo.

The keynote address this year focused on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park and was given by Kris Kirby, its superintendent with the National Park Service. The Historical Park is a collaborative effort between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service. The park’s purpose is to protect and interpret sites in Los Alamos; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington relating to World War II.

This year’s supporters for the event included the Bradbury Science Museum; Los Alamos National Security, LLC; Los Alamos National Bank; Pajarito Environmental Education Center; Los Alamos County; Los Alamos History Museum; and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

Next year’s event will be held in Taos, NM.

To learn more about the New Mexico Museum Association, visit its site.