UNM-LA Offers Online Class On Los Alamos History


Heather McClenahan, former Executive Director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will teach an online UNM-LA course about the history of Los Alamos beginning on March 23. Photo Courtesy UNM-LA


UNM-LA is offering a one credit hour, online course starting the week of March 23 on the history of Los Alamos. In History 220: Studies in History, instructor Heather McClenahan will recount stories and information she learned while working for 15 years at the Los Alamos Historical Society.

Course topics will provide an overview of Los Alamos history. Students will examine the ancient history of the Pajarito Plateau, including material on the Ancestral Pueblo people and how fire has changed the landscape over the years. Other areas of focus will include homesteading, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project, and the post-World War II community.

Online discussions will allow students to ask questions, raise issues, and interact with each other and the instructor.

“Did you ever wonder how Los Alamos got its name—and just who was responsible for that?” asked McClenahan. “Have you thought about whatever happened to some of the boys who attended the Los Alamos Ranch School? Or what the parties were really like during the Manhattan Project?”

 For more information or to enroll in the class, visit Student Services at UNM-LA or call 505-662-5919.

UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.

For other questions, contact the instructor at hmmclenahan@unm.edu.