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County Presents Proclamation Of Friendship To Hiroshima, Nagasaki

on July 25, 2017 - 7:17am

From left, Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo, County Council Chair David Izraelevitz and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber show off the proclamation and paper cranes that will be delivered to the Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August. Izraelevitz presented the proclamation Monday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

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Los Alamos Historical Society board member Michael Redondo and Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber will present a Los Alamos County proclamation of frienship to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial when they travel to Hiroshima and Nagasaki Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, which are the anniversaries of when the atomic bombs were dropped on the cities.

Stauber and Redondo will be in Japan for two weeks. In addition to the proclamation, Stauber and Redondo are delivering 1,303 paper cranes made by local residents through the Los Alamos/Japan Project. The trip is through the Los Alamos Historical Society. 

Both Redondo and Stauber said they were eager to deliver both the proclamation and cranes to these cities. 

"It's a wonderful honor to represent the Historical Society and this collaboration and I'm looking forward to it," Redondo said. 

Stauber said, "It's a privilege to be traveling to Japan to attend the memorial and represent the entire community of Los Alamos." 

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS,  The idea for a collaboration between the Los Alamos History Museum, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, was initiated by the Los Alamos History Museum with communication beginning in 2014, followed by a first time visit to Japan in 2016; and

WHEREAS,  In the last year, the program has expanded to include several visits between the Los Alamos History Museum staff and their museum counterparts in Japan, strengthening bonds of friendship and understanding to tell the history and multiple perspectives of the Manhattan Project; and

WHEREAS,  In 2016, the History Museum staff traveled to Japan where they met with museum colleagues who share common interests to work together on joint projects, sharing knowledge, resources and time; they will begin to mold what is sure to be a historic life-long learning experience for all involved that will support the National Park Service goal to interpret and tell the story of the Manhattan Project as they build the new national park program; and

WHEREAS,  Inspired by the stories and sights of their visit, the Los Alamos History Museum staff have created an engaging traveling exhibit dedicated to the outreach and friendship they have enjoyed with their counterparts in the museums of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; this special exhibit encourages reflection, dialogue, and building a bridge between these communities to collectively capture the stories and oral histories of the Manhattan Project era, before it is too late; and

WHEREAS,  This August, the Los Alamos History Museum staff will travel back to Japan in their renewed and enthusiastic efforts to collaborate on projects, with an eye toward exchanges of personnel and material culture, intercultural programmatic opportunities that value constructive dialogue; this includes planting future trees on the Los Alamos History Museum campus in partnership with Hiroshima Green Legacy, using seeds from trees that survived the detonation of the atomic bomb in WWII; and

WHEREAS,  On their journey, the Los Alamos History Museum staff will take along hundreds of hand-folded colorful origami cranes as a gesture of friendship from the Los Alamos community to our museum colleagues in Japan, and the Council wishes to send a special greeting to the Mayor of Hiroshima;

NOW, THEREFORE,  On behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby issue this Special Proclamation Extending Friendship to Hiroshima, and encourage our community to support this important collaboration, exploring opportunities where our museums might work together to tell a more complete story of the Manhattan Project and preserve its history in the years to come.

DATED this 24th day of July, 2017.