Los Alamos Historical Society Announces Lecture Series Beginning Sept. 14


Join the Los Alamos Historical Society for our 2021–22 lecture series. Our first lecture will be on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Fuller Lodge, with a presentation from Michael Ettema on “Maria and Julian’s Pottery Revolution.” The series continues on second Tuesdays through the fall and spring. 

Historical Society lectures are free and follow public health guidelines for indoor gatherings (currently, masks are required inside Fuller Lodge).

For his lecture on Sept. 14, Michael Ettema will talk about the transformation of pottery making at the Pueblo of San Ildefonso by Maria and Julian Martinez, not only with their “black-on-black” innovations but also with new pottery forms and modes of decoration.  After decades of the dominance of blackware pottery at the pueblo, the potter Blue Corn ushered in a new generation of innovations that opened the door for young potters to create their own styles.

Michael Ettema is a member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and has 29 years of experience with American fine and decorative arts and antiques as a museum curator, educator, and director. In addition, he has 10 years of experience with Native American art and fine art of the American West as Santa Fe Director of Medicine Man Gallery, Inc.

Lectures continue at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Feb. 8 (at 5:30 p.m.), Mar. 8, and April 12. Fuller Lodge is at 2132 Central Avenue. This year’s lectures explore local history from the Santa Fe Trail to the college classroom and from atomic poetry to outer space. Find all the details at http://www.losalamoshistory.org/events.

The Los Alamos Historical Society lecture series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Robin and Richard McLean.

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. Our members make all our work possible, join us today at https://www.losalamoshistory.org/membership.html