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The Manhattan Project and Beyond: History, Outreach and Research

Program Number: 16859RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/21/2013 - 8/24/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Price starting at: $499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

While WWII ravaged Europe and the Pacific, the world’s greatest minds came to the mountains of Los Alamos to develop the highly controversial atomic bomb. Join experts to discuss the history and continued research into atomic energy and weaponry at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. See up close the artifacts of the pivotal period at the Bradbury Science Museum. Study the landscape and see how it played into the secret operations of the 1940s that would change the world and stop a war.




Highlights

• Learn how the geography and secrecy of the landscape led Oppenheimer to choose Los Alamos as the ideal site to begin the Manhattan Project.
• Get up close to restricted test sites, facilities and labs of Manhattan Project members, as well as the artifacts of the atomic era.
• Explore the historical sites of Los Alamos, including Ashley Pond, Los Alamos Historical Museum, and the Fuller Lodge.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile over packed, uneven terrain; standing up to one hour.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Santa Fe

A cosmopolitan city famous for its world-renowned opera, chamber and choral music and for its art and artists, Santa Fe is situated at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nearby, eight historic, continuously occupied pueblos and small Hispanic villages divulge a heritage that is impeccably preserved in this multi-cultural state capital.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with heated pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Santa Fe Sage Inn
  Santa Fe, New Mexico 3 nights
 Santa Fe Sage Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Santa Fe Sage Inn is located in the downtown area at the entrance to the historic Plaza. Near Museum Hill and the Guadalupe, Railyard District, and Canyon Road shopping areas, the hotel is in one of the most exciting parts of Santa Fe.
  Contact info: 725 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA
phone: 866-433-0335
web: www.santafesageinn.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary local calls, wireless Internet access, electronic room key access, in-room coffee, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, remote color TV, AM/FM radio/alarm clock, individual climate control, Southwestern decor
  Facility amenities: Business center with complimentary wireless Internet access, free parking for cars and RVs, remodeled guest rooms, outdoor heated swimming pool, laundry/dry cleaning service available, safe-deposit box at front desk, 24 hour front desk, newly renovated exercise room, breakfast and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: best seasonal rate Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: best seasonal rate Call in advance to reserve your pre and post program stay
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Register with group leader between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM - check in at hotel anytime after 3:00 PM. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast (served between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM - hotel checkout no later than 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Santa Fe Sage Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel. Participants have access to their vehicles throughout the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santa Fe, New Mexico
  Nearest city or town:  Albuquerque, New Mexico
  Nearest highway: I-25
  Nearest airport:  Albuquerque International Sunport
  From End of Program
  Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Albuquerque

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, when you'll be returning to Albuquerque. This shuttle also picks up and delivers to the Albuquerque AMTRAK STATION. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 

Albuquerque

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Sandia Shuttle Express
phone: 888-775-5696
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

approximately 70 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

Let shuttle service know, when you make reservations, the hotel at which you'll need to be dropped off in Santa Fe, and when you wish to return to Albuquerque. This shuttle also picks up and delivers to the Albuquerque AMTRAK STATION. Reservations for the shuttles must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date, or your place will not be guaranteed on the shuttle.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque International Sunport and I-25 All Directions Exit the airport west onto Sunport Boulevard, which will take you to Interstate 25.

Go north on I-25 to Santa Fe exit 272, St. Francis Drive, (approximately 65 miles).

Travel about 3 miles on St. Francis Drive to the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road.

Turn right on Cerrillos Road. The Sage Inn is at the corner of Cerrillos Road and Guadalupe Street on your left, just after the stoplight at that intersection.

  US 84/285 from the north Coming from the north on US 84/285, as you come into Santa Fe; the highway turns into St. Francis Drive.

At the "fork in the road," bear left onto North Guadalupe Street.

Follow North Guadalupe Street for 1.5 miles.

Santa Fe Sage Inn is at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and Cerrillos Road at 725 Cerrillos Road.

Cross Cerrillos and turn immediately to your right into the Sage Inn parking lot.

Elevation Note: Program elevations range from 5300' to 7200'

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Santa Fe, NM - registration at hotel and check-in with group leader/Dinner at hotel/Introductions and Program Orientation
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 Arrive To: Check in at hotel any time after 3:00 PM. Register with Road Scholar group leader between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM
 Evening: From 7:00-8:30 PM, join the group leader in one of the hotel meeting rooms for introductions and program orientation.
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History of Los Alamos/ Bradbury Science Museum visit/Ashley Pond, Fuller Lodge, historic sites exploration
(Thursday, August 22)

Note: Walking over paved, sometimes uneven terrain up to one mile over course of the day. Some standing in museums.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel from 7:00-8:00 AM.
 Morning: From 8:00 until 9:30 AM, there will be a class in the hotel meeting room about Los Alamos, NM, including its history and the origination of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

At 9:45 AM, bus will depart for the hour-long drive to Los Alamos.

You'll note how different the Los Alamos landscape is from that of Santa Fe. Your group leader will talk about how New Mexico's landscape has played a big role in the "why" of the nuclear energy development that has gone on in the state.

NM's 'hidden" and "difficult to reach" areas were one of the primary reasons the secrecy of the development of the atomic bomb was maintained. Some sites are still used by the U.S. Government.

From 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM, you'll have a guided bus and walking exploration of Los Alamos and its most significant areas.

 Lunch: At 12:45 PM, bus will depart for lunch at a local Los Alamos restaurant.

Lunch will be from 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

 Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have coontinue your walking and bus exploration of some of the significant sites in Los Alamos, including Los Alamos Historical Museum and Book Shop, Ashley Pond, and more.

The Los Alamos Historical Museum & Book Shop includes a Guest Cottage, built in 1918 for the Ranch School; it is the oldest continually-inhabited structure in town.

Detroit businessman, Ashley Pond, started the Los Alamos Ranch School in 1917 to help boys become strong young men through a life of rigorous outdoor living and classical education.

The faculty was made up of mostly Ivy League and other elite Eastern college graduates. The curriculum was standard for college prep schools of the time.

This school was integrated with Boy Scouts. Boys in the school belonged to Los Alamos Troop 22, and the Boy Scout uniform was the Los Alamos Ranch School uniform. The school educated more than 600 boys, including Gore Vidal.

When Fuller Lodge housed the Manhattan Project personnel from 1943 to 1947, the cottage continued to serve as an auxiliary guest house.

Now, it is an award-winning, comprehensive historical museum presenting the colorful and varied history of Los Alamos.

You'll see the outside of the Baker House, adjacent to the Historical Museum, that is a private residence. The log home is part of Bathtub Row, homes originally built for the Ranch School, and is marked with an interpretive plaque.

You'll visit Fuller Lodge and its Art Center. The lodge was built in 1928 as the Ranch School's dining room and kitchen, and has a fascinating history. The Art Center, located in the Fuller Lodge building, offers exhibits of works by local and regional artists.

At 3:30 pm, you'll stop at the Bradbury Science Museum, where there are some amazing displays of pre and post atomic-bomb-era collections.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 5:00 PM.

 Dinner: Dinner at the Sage Inn from 6:30-7:30 PM.
 Evening: Optional video in hotel meeting room from 7:30-9:30 PM.
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trip to Albuquerque/The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History/Program Closing and Video
(Friday, August 23)

Note: Walking up to one mile and standing up to an hour in National Museum of Nuclear Science and History



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 7:00-8:00 AM at the hotel.
 Morning: You'll be given some information in morning classes about how the people of New Mexico reacted to all the activity going on around them during WWII times; how these events influenced different cultural groups - drawing them together, pulling them apart.

From 8:00 - 11:00 AM, a scientist from Los Alamos National Lab and will present information about the Manhattan Project and developments since then in different areas of the state.

We'll explore how peace is being waged, ancient, medieval, and modern arms control, and how satellite monitoring of arms control agreements works. You'll also learn how radiation in the world is both naturally occuring and man-created.

Our guest instructor will help put the past together with the future, so you can be better informed about the development of that which can cause mass destruction, and how that same nuclear energy can generate so much good in the world, if it's properly used.

 Lunch: From 11:00 - 11:45 AM, have an early lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: At 12:00 PM, the bus departs for Albuquerque.

Again, you'll note another huge landscape and geology change as you descend in altitude about 1800 feet between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Albuquerque has also been involved in the "space age," and is home to the National Museum oF Nuclear Science and History.

This museum is the nation's only Congressionally-chartered museum of nuclear science and history. Established in 1969 and recently renovated and relocated, it's a great place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early research through today's peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

At 1:30 PM, when you arrive at the museum, you can explore how nuclear science continues to influence our world.

You'll have a special tour of the museum with their staff and docents.

Bus departs for Santa Fe at 4:00 pm, arriving there at 5:30 pm.

 Dinner: Dinner will be from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at the hotel, followed by our program closing.
   
Accommodations: Santa Fe Sage Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Buffet breakfast/Departure
(Saturday, August 24)
   
 Depart From: Departure anytime after breakfast.

Hotel checkout time is no later than 12:00 noon.

 Breakfast: The last meal included in the program is a buffet breakfast at the hotel from 7:00 until 9:no later than 12:00 noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Silent Voices


Author: Nancy Bartlit


109 East Palace Avenue: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos


Author: Jeanet Conant


Inside Box 1663


Author: Eleanor Jette


The Making of the Atomic Bomb


Author: Richard Rhoads


The House at Otowi Bridge


Author: Church, Peggy Pond




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