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From Las Vegas to Los Alamos: Local historian applauds these unsung New Mexican female heroes of the Manhattan Project

Get to know this unique workforce on Dec. 10
December 1, 2020
Georgia Strickfaden

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One of the most common misconceptions about Los Alamos National Laboratory is that all its employees come from elsewhere. True, the Lab attracts talent from across the nation and around the world, but plenty of New Mexicans work at the Lab, too. In fact, of the 1,200 employees the Lab hired this year, more than 70 percent were New Mexico residents.

This is nothing new. However, it is time that some of New Mexico’s unsung Manhattan Project heroes got their due. Thursday, Dec. 10, 6–7:30 p.m., history nerd Georgia Strickfaden presents her virtual Night with a Nerd talk “Workforce: The Girls from Las Vegas (NM) at the Manhattan Project.” Georgia interviewed these 14 individuals who were hired for Project Y as young women. Many stayed on at Los Alamos after the war.

This event is sponsored by the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA), which supports and inspires learners of all ages in Northern New Mexico and beyond through STEM education. For nonmembers, the cost is $10, but you can join the BSMA online or at the event to get free admission.

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About Georgia Strickfaden

Georgia Wilder Strickfaden was born into nuclear-age Los Alamos. She graduated from Los Alamos High in 1966 and went on to Eastern New Mexico University and then a teaching career in the Southwest. Eventually, the history-loving teacher returned to Los Alamos and established Atomic Tours, sharing her passion for her community and its legacy with visitors from around the world.