Los Alamos History Museum Launches Online Cerro Grande Fire Exhibit


The Los Alamos History Museum is launching a new online exhibit about the Cerro Grande Fire, Resilience and Regrowth: Twenty Years After Cerro Grande. Visit www.losalamoshistory.org/cerrogrande to explore photographs and artifacts, reflect on our community’s journey of resilience, and share your stories of the Cerro Grande Fire.

The 2000 Cerro Grande Fire was a milestone in our region’s history. Resilience and Regrowth focuses on how a community—a community wider than Los Alamos—came together and rebuilt, together. Resilience is a process. In the aftermath of Cerro Grande, Los Alamos and its neighbors found strength in community, in offering and accepting support in all areas of our lives. We continue to grow. This exhibit is a reflection on, and part of, our community’s continuing journey of resilience and regrowth.

The online exhibit Resilience and Regrowth features historic photographs as well as pictures of artifacts from the Los Alamos Historical Society Archive, quotes and personal stories, and space to share your own stories of Cerro Grande. We are all currently very aware of the challenging, historic times in which we are living. Cerro Grande was also a challenging, historic time for our community, and Resilience and Regrowth shares some of the lessons we learned—and are continuing to learn—about what it means to be resilient.

If you were here for the Cerro Grande Fire, share your personal story in the online exhibit. Share what you remember, what you learned, or simply share thanks to someone who helped you through a tough time. Sharing stories is part of how we grow and how we create an understanding of history.

The Los Alamos History Museum thanks the Hero Sponsors who made this exhibit possible: Century Bank, Cruiser’s Custom Embroidery, Del Norte Credit Union, Enterprise Bank & Trust member FDIC, Holiday Inn Express & Suites at Entrada Park, the Los Alamos Community Foundation, and Jennifer Loveless Design.

When the History Museum reopens, an expanded version of Resilience and Regrowth will be on view in the temporary exhibit gallery. The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes, and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global audience, and for future generations. More information about the Historical Society can be found at www.losalamoshistory.org. Stay up to date with the latest news from the Historical Society by following @LosAlamosHistory on Facebook and Instagram.

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A plane drops seeding slurry onto the hillsides after the Cerro Grande Fire. Photo by Heather McClenahan/Los Alamos Historical Society Photo Archives