We have some exciting news to share with you! As a supporter of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation and the National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM), your generous donations of time and talent have helped us provide exhibits, programs and science-based education worthy of our Smithsonian Affiliate designation. Your continuing support is essential for us to achieve even more.
Here are some recent examples of what you have made possible:
Educational Outreach – We are now at the forefront of STEM (science, technology engineering, and math) programming. Our partnership with Clark County School District focuses on educational activities for students, parents and teachers. This year, we have sponsored teacher workshops, allowing instructors to earn credits for science-based offerings and hosted hundreds of CCSD students through the NATM.
Distinguished Lectures – You have probably enjoyed and learned from one of these high-profile presentations. We’ve gained prominence for staying on top of national and international current events related to a wide range of nuclear science and defense topics. This spring, Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Stanford University (and former Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory) will speak to us about the continuing need for cooperation between the U.S. and Russia to reduce nuclear dangers.
Vision for the Future – We’ve been the fortunate recipients of a grant from National Security Technologies, LLC to complete an exhibit master plan for the future enhancement of the NATM. The final product, now in hand, is a first-class report, including artistic concepts for state-of-the-art exhibits depicting current programs at the Nevada National Security Site. The report also includes recommendations for a much-needed upgrade of the NTS history portion of the museum.
Near-Term Improvements – While we are excited about our future prospects, we have also made some important near-term changes to improve operations. The museum store has been relocated to the exit area of the permanent exhibition, making it easier for our visitors to view and purchase an expanded array of merchandise. The vacated museum store space provides additional space for short-term exhibits and videos about current events. Another change is the conversion of the temporary exhibit space into a theater/lecture hall. We’ll retain portions of the Area 51 exhibit and display some new exhibits designed to educate the public about radiation exposure.
While our progress is encouraging, we also have more to do to ensure that the NATM will continue and thrive for future generations. Our priorities for 2017-2018 are to build on our successes by initiating a major fundraising campaign to achieve our vision.
Your contributions provide us the support that is so necessary for us to continue on a positive upward trend. Because we are so blessed with dedicated members and volunteers, your donation will be matched by many hundreds of hours of volunteer labor. Please consider making a donation to the museum directly on our website: http://store.nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/donate/.
Be assured that we very much appreciate your past support–both volunteer and financial–and hope we can count on your continuing generosity!
Nelson Cochrane Michael Hall
NTS Historical Foundation
National Atomic Testing Museum