J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee’s 50th Anniversary Exhibit Opens Thursday At Step Up Gallery

From J. Robert Oppenheimer’s historic directorship of the Manhattan Project to the winners of scholarship bearing his name, the “Legacy of Learning” exhibit documents how his life has inspired the JROMC’s 50 years of work. Pictured are 2019 JROMC scholarship winners joined by lecturer Kip Thorne, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason, and J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee Chair Alison Pugmire. Courtesy photo


The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC) is delighted to open its multi-faceted 50th anniversary exhibit with a reception in the Step Up Gallery at Mesa Public Library on Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Titled “A Legacy of Learning,” the exhibit will be shown from Thursday, March 24 through April 24. It will display some never-before seen photographs and artifacts highlighting the JROMC’s 50 years of accomplishments:  its memorial lecturers, scholarship recipients, Oppenheimer’s triumphs and tragedies, and even his wife Kitty’s life. 

Come see Oppenheimer’s office chair, work on a jigsaw puzzle of the Groves and Oppenheimer statues, or pose next to a life-size cardboard statue of Oppenheimer himself.  See if you can answer some of our “Do You Know?” questions and read the Time and Life magazines that chronicled the sensational moments of his life.  Find out how the JROMC is now joining four US senators to restore Oppenheimer’s security clearance.

Along with the exhibit, the JROMC is joining the Los Alamos Historical Society to sponsor two important lectures.  On April 4, Alan B. Carr, Senior LANL Historian, will speak on “Manhattan, the View from Los Alamos of History’s Most Secret Project,” at the Duane Smith Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

On April 18, renowned Oppenheimer historian James W. Kunetka will speak on “Los Alamos: Robert Oppenheimer’s Greatest Legacy,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

Step Up Gallery is located on the top level of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos. Open hours are Monday –Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Sunday. For more information, see www.JROMC.org.