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Meet our newest guide — Tina Moore

History buff, band nerd and Disney enthusiast!
October 30, 2020
Tina Moore

Bradbury Science Museum Guide Tina Moore and husband Patrick love the outdoors.

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If you’ve ever been to the Bradbury, you’ve no doubt been welcomed and given a quick orientation by one of our eight Museum guides. As we all eagerly await the re-opening of the Bradbury (no firm date yet), we thought we’d share a bit about them with you. Tina Moore is the seventh final profile in this series.

How many places have you called home, and which were your favorites?
I’m originally from Clarkston, Michigan, a small town near Detroit that was founded in 1830. I’ve also lived in Arizona, Florida and now New Mexico, and each place has its perks. My family still calls Clarkston home, so part of my heart will always be with them, and of course the amenities that came with living near a big city were fantastic. In Arizona, I went to graduate school and fell in love with both the Southwest and my husband, not necessarily in that order. Of course, you can’t beat the Gulf Coast beaches and fresh seafood of the Florida Panhandle. And now, in White Rock — I mean, just look around! We have such an abundance of natural beauty, fascinating history, year-round outdoor pursuits — this is our forever home. 

Can you tell me a little about your family life or hobbies that you enjoy?
My husband, Patrick (LAHS, class of ’86), and I have two boys, two dogs and a small flock of hens. With two Eagle Scouts in the family, we really like spending time outdoors. We’re also a full-on family of band nerds (Go, Los Alamos Marching Band!) and really enjoy traveling. We’re also a bit over the top about Halloween at Casa Moore — it’s a lifestyle, not just a one-day celebration!

Can you tell me a little about your professional background? 
When I was about 8, my parents went to England and brought me back a Mary, Queen of Scots doll and a book about all of the people who’d been imprisoned in the Tower of London. From that moment on, I was hooked on history. I’ve worked as a contract historian and a lecturer at a university. I currently work at the Los Alamos and White Rock visitor centers, sharing the history of our intriguing town. I have to add, the most expensive job I ever had (yes, you read that correctly) was working at the Disney Store when my children were very young. Discounts on merchandise, tickets, hotel stays and more? Yes, please! 

Which experiences from your job and education background seem to come in really handy when you’re working at the Museum?
Well, because of the pandemic I haven’t been able to actually work at the Museum yet, at least not with visitors. Instead, I’ve been researching Lab contributions to the Perseverance Mars rover and links from our Manhattan Project-era past to initiatives at today’s Lab. I’d have to say that my love of all-things history makes this work incredibly fun, though I am looking forward to meeting all those bucket-list visitors I’ve been hearing so much about. 

What is your favorite exhibit and why? 
Because of my background, one might expect that the History Gallery is my favorite exhibition. However, truth be told, I really enjoy the Research Gallery the most. Learning about the work Lab biologists do to understand and protect the diversity of plant and animal life, or about the teams of scientists studying our changing climate or how work at Los Alamos continues to contribute to space travel and research — it’s all very exciting to see how work at the Lab contributes to our community and society as a whole.