LOS ALAMOS – During the time of the Manhattan Project, planes dropped incendiary devices that drifted into the canyons around the Pajarito Plateau while researchers practiced photographic techniques that would help them get an accurate visual record of the first explosion of an atomic bomb.
One worker retrieved a parachute that had been attached to one of those devices and sent the white silk off to his fiancée. You can see the wedding dress Eleanor Bartlett made from that parachute if you head over to the grand re-opening today of the Los Alamos History Museum.
The museum has been closed since November 2015, when all the exhibits were moved out, and construction on improvements started in February, according to Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. The museum got updated plumbing, electrical and climate control systems, a new entryway and other measures to improve ADA compliance through the $2 million project.
It also is re-opening with all brand-new exhibits in its 2,400 square feet, along with an additional building, the Hans Bethe House, whose 1,400 square feet will open to the public for the first time with exhibits concentrating on the Cold War and the Los Alamos contribution to arms control efforts.