Historical Society executive director Elizabeth Martineau to step down – Los Alamos Reporter


The Los Alamos Historical Society joins the long list of local nonprofits, along with the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, in the search for a new leader. Elizabeth Martineau will step down as CEO in the near future, citing personal reasons for her decision.

Martineau returns to his mandate with satisfaction and optimism. “I know I’m leaving the organization on a positive trajectory,” she said. “We have reorganized the board of directors and added talented new members. Financially, the organization has weathered the pandemic and is doing well.

The next few years at LAHS look positive for Martineau. “We are currently looking forward to opening the Oppenheimer House and expanding opportunities in our beautiful historic district. These signs point to a bright future for the organization. She noted that the Oppenheimer House provides a significant opportunity to expand the LAHS campus, bringing an impressive new small event venue and interpretive experience to campus.

“We will soon be launching a fundraising campaign to help cover the total project costs of $1.5 million,” Martineau said. In addition to the fundraising campaign, major sponsors will be sought, as well as donors and new members of the Legacy Society. All will play a part in moving the home renovation forward and keeping the organization growing in the years to come.

A long-time active resident in the community, Martineau has nonetheless found new opportunities in her tenure as head of LAHS. “Los Alamos has a long, deep, and rich history of innovative and resilient people. It’s been inspiring to learn more about some of their stories,” she said. it’s working with our volunteers, who are so passionate about our history, and I hope to join them as a volunteer in the future.

Describing his leadership legacy, Martineau cited a wide variety of accomplishments.

“I am very proud to create collaborative partnerships with other organizations in the city, to start the Victory Garden, to expand family programming, to create a more interactive space in the Hans Bethe House, to complete the new (interpretive) plan for the Oppenheimer house, to work with a major film company and the creation of virtual content on our website,” she said.

Martineau looks forward to spending more time with his family.

Board Chair Cherie Trottier said of Martineau’s service, “Liz has done an incredible job for LAHS during the pandemic shutdown. She worked with staff to create outreach opportunities. Liz’s passion for history is evident in her presentations throughout the community. This enthusiasm encourages people to visit “history in their backyard” – a way to preserve our history.
The LAHS board of directors is beginning its search for a new executive director, Trottier said. Interested candidates can view the job posting at www.losalamoshistory.org.

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