Leadership Los Alamos Holds Session On Culture

Myron Gonzales, Bandelier Preservationist and member of San Ildefonso Pueblo, shares about the pueblo culture and current efforts in preservation. Photo by Kateri Morris

Jacqueline Connolly, Los Alamos MainStreet Director, communicates the importance of a creative economy, bringing people together, and maintaining creative outlets in our community. Photo by Kateri Morris

Leslie Linke, Los Alamos Historical Society, takes the class on a Historic District Walking Tour. Inside the Baker House. Photo by Kateri Morris

Leadership Los Alamos

On February 11, Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) met at Fuller Lodge for their Cultural session.  LA Ambassador Program Manager, Elizabeth Martineau, chaired the session.  

The day began with presentations by Myron Gonzales, Bandelier Preservationist and member of the San Ildefonso Pueblo; and a panel that included Samantha Linford, Elliot Schultz, and J.T. Stark from the LANL Manhattan Project National Historical Park Program, Environmental Stewardship Group. They spoke about the importance hearing, appreciating, incorporating and preserving the diverse narrative that encompasses the unique historical culture of Los Alamos and the surrounding areas.  Following a game of Los Alamos trivia; Brandi Engeman, Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director, shared about the various programs the Art Council offers and took the class on a tour of the Los Alamos Art Center. Brandi along with Jacquelyn Connolly, Los Alamos MainStreet Director and Eva Jacobson, Los Alamos County Senior Librarian of Community Engagement presented, and led a discussion, about resources, needs and opportunities for the arts in Los Alamos.

A delicious lunch was provided by Yuan’s Dumpling House and was sponsored by Enterprise Bank and Trust, while the class was treated to the musical stylings of Harpist, Elizabeth Brosha.

The afternoon schedule included a Historic District Walking Tour led by Leslie Linke from the Los Alamos Historical Society. The LLA students had the opportunity to explore inside the Baker House and Oppenheimer House while learning about the historical significance. The tour ended at Los Alamos Little Theater where Graciela (Gracie) Cainelli, shared about the history of performing arts.

The day ended with a preview, from Ryn Herrmann, Director of Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, of the upcoming Economic Development session to be held on March 17th.

Leadership Los Alamos is a non-profit organization whose mission is to identify current and emerging leaders in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, to enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the community. Each class learns about a variety of topics like community organizations, cultural and history, youth, education, local government, economic development, and environmental issues. For more information go to: Leadership Los Alamos – An educational organization dedicated to the future of Los Alamos

Leslie Linke, Los Alamos Historical Society, shares about the history and the scenes filmed at the Oppenheimer house. Photo by Kateri Morris

Graciela Cainelli, Board of Directors and Producer, welcomes the class to the Los Alamos Little Theater. Photo by Kateri Morris