Elva Österreich To Discuss Her Book ‘The Manhattan Project Trinity Test: Witnessing the Bomb in New Mexico’ Sept. 9 Via Zoom


At 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, the Trinity Test explosion of the first  atomic bomb changed the world forever. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and  Nagasaki, Japan followed soon after, but it was the first blast in what is now known as White  Sands Missile Range that marked the beginning of the nuclear age. In southern New Mexico,  although the Manhattan Project was still top secret, everyday people witnessed the test,  experienced its light and power, felt the earth move and knew the world had changed.  

In The Manhattan Project Trinity Test: Witnessing the Bomb in New Mexico, author Elva K.  Österreich shares the stories of the Manhattan Project as told through oral histories of those who  worked at the Trinity site, and the farmers, ranchers, and their families who woke to an  unimaginable brightness, uninformed of the nature of the blast, and the “earth shaking”  consequences of the birth of the nuclear age. The book is an objective accounting of a  controversial event that changed everything for humankind. 

Join Los Alamos County Library System for a discussion with author Elva Österreich about her  book The Manhattan Project Trinity Test: Witnessing the Bomb in New Mexico at 7pm, Thursday, Sept. 9. This event is presented in partnership with Los Alamos Japan  Institute and will be streamed via Zoom. Learn more and register on the library events calendar: https://laconm.libcal.com/event/8105057 

Elva K. Österreich has been a journalist, photographer, and editor in Southern New Mexico for  20 years. She has written thousands of newspaper and magazine articles about the state’s history,  people, and environment. She especially loves the stories she hears from the old-timers and is  fascinated by the way folks used to live. Österreich is a member the New Mexico Humanities  Council, has a poetry blog, has served as a La Leche League leader, and as an organizer with the  Alamogordo Speaker’s Series, where she discovered her love for sharing the stories of those who  would not otherwise be heard while speaking with survivors of the Bataan Death March.