The History Committee is small but mighty!
A group of history buffs intent on maintaining and expanding our collection of historical information about Los Alamos. From genealogy of our residents, past and present, to collecting photographs and memorabilia - this group is dedicated to preserving our
roots and heritage.
Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club - History Committee - March 6, 2023 @6:30 PM
Members in Attendance:
Mike Farris, Steve Soderquist, Jim Gravitt, Brad Vidro, Heather Soderquist
The Men’s Club does not have a computer, but the President has indicated there will be an item at the General Membership meeting in April meeting to discuss it.
Until then Google drive can be set up to save documents if necessary
The Los Alamos Cemetery on the findagrave.com website is very incomplete. Although much of the individual histories such as obituaries and family histories are available for other cemeteries, it is horribly lacking for Los Alamos. The project is to fill in the gap.
Mike has digital photos of all the grave markers.
Obituaries: Mike has about 700 obituaries of people either buried in the Los Alamos Cemetery or who grew up in Los Alamos and had a family connection with the town. This needs more research. As well as be digitized, they are in a binder, but it needs to be (re)organized.
Heather volunteered to assist in digitizing the obituaries and combining them with the markers to add to the findagrave.com site for Los Alamos Cemetery.
Oral history of Los Alamos
Brad got a CD from Monna Dingman which was done by local kids, but it was one Mike already had. Brad will contact her again to if she has the Oral History of recorded stories by locals.
Rotating Digital Photos
There was a discussion of creating an electronic photo gallery that could run a series of historic photos at the Men’s club for visitors to view. There are apps that can be utilized to create and modify galleries.
Mike was going to see if he could create one on a thumb drive to show on the large tv at the next Membership meeting to try and encourage attendees to donate or loan to be scanned old photos of Los Alamos
It was suggested that we get something in the membership newsletter to solicit historical items for donation or loan to the Men’s Club
Also, to encourage additional members to the History Committee
Annual Old Day books
Still need a list of annual Old Days booklets that the Club has collected to see what ones are missing.
Mike’s goal is to digitize all of these for electronic storage.
Los Alamos Valley Men’s Club January 30, 2023 @6:30 PM
Members in Attendance: Mike Farris, Steve Soderquist, Brad Vidro and Heather Soderquist
Annual Old Day books Need a list of annual Old Days booklets that the Club has collected to see what ones are missing. Sheila Glaser has books to donate.
Does the Club have one for information storage?Mike can provide Microsoft Office Pro for it if needed for a small cost. The Club needs a librarian to track books in the collection on the computer. Index of books available to review could be put on the website.
Billy King provided two photos that have been scanned. One is of the Los Alamos baseball team with his dad and Charlie Gonzales in the photo. Need to get Charlie to identify the players in the photo. An electronic photo frame that could run a series of historic photos at the Men’s club for visitors to view.
Mike is trying to complete a history of all businesses that have been in each individual building on Bell Street. He needs assistance with research.
On hold. Ideas include plaques on individual buildings with historic photographs. Possible series of plaques at the club building.
Research projects by Mike Farris
Los Alamos Graves: There are about 600 grave markers from the Los Alamos Cemetery. The project is to identify as many of the people as possible. I have worked with the Friends of the Los Alamos Cemetery to identify which grave markers belong to veterans. So far, there are 119. I have about four more names who may have been veterans but need more research. There may be others but that needs some additional research. The Los Alamos Cemetery on the findagrave.com website is very incomplete. Although much of the individual histories such as obituaries and family histories are available for other cemeteries, it is horribly lacking for Los Alamos. The project is to fill in the gap.
I have about 700 obituaries of people either buried in the Los Alamos Cemetery or who grew up in Los Alamos and had a family connection with the town. This needs more research. As well as be digitized, they are in a binder, but it needs to be (re)organized.
I am trying to identify every building that has been on every lot in town, businesses, and homes, including names and dates. I have almost finished going through " Tour of the Los Alamos Historic District" by Jim Norris. Some other books to go through include all of the Old Days books and another book by Jim Norris.
I started this by taking the names from the cemetery. There are also city directories, census, voting records, newspaper articles, etc., to be researched. This will include where people lived and worked and family relationships. I am trying to get pictures of as many people (past and present) as possible. It needs a lot of research.
Local Family Trees
I am trying to do starter family trees for the older local families. I have made a small start on 10 families in an Excel spreadsheet.
I have downloaded over 100 articles on Los Alamos baseball from the Santa Maria Times. There are still a lot more to be downloaded. This is a project that someone else could pick up as baseball is not really something that I am interested in.
Old Days History Book
This is a pending project that I have not started yet. It still requires a lot of research. Planned chapters, subject to change, include Men's Club, History of Old Days, Grand Marshalls, Parade, Car Show, Los Alamos Style Barbeque, Events (rodeo, horse race, foot race, baseball games, etc.). Recreating the Al Rodriguez book (scanned but not assembled) and the Los Alamos School recipe book (not started). By the way, the Los Alamos Seniors published a recipe book a number of years ago. I believe that they have sold out but maybe they have a digitized copy, or someone would lend us one to scan and put into our library. Brad Vidro has a copy of this.
Los Alamos Then-and-Now
A computer program featuring pictures and the history of various businesses primarily.