Los Alamos exhibit showcases first hand accounts from wildfire survivors
Posted at: 06/14/2012 5:49 PM
| Updated at: 06/14/2012 7:15 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4
People from Los Alamos and anywhere else now have a chance to be showcased in a museum.
It's a new wildfire exhibit at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Bradbury Science Museum.
Museum director Linda Deck is one of the first people you'll see on exhibit recounting her personal account of the Las Conchas fire which caused the complete evacuation of Los Alamos in June 2011.
"I look up because the sun has stopped shining. I look up and it's almost as if a volcano is going off," said Deck.
Deck gives a very candid expression of the thoughts going through her mind during the evacuation of Los Alamos during the Las Conchas fire.
"How can you take everything that's precious to you? You have to make some critical decisions," said Deck on her recorded exhibit story.
The museum even asked KOB's Eddie Garcia to record a sound clip about covering the Las Conchas fire.
The idea is to get several accounts from people who have experienced wildfires.
The museum director says the stories don't have to only be about the Las Conchas fire or even about Los Alamos.
These stories become part of the museum - part of history.
"It was the Cerro Grande fire that really taught me the meaning of fear," said Los Alamos Katy Korkos in her recorded exhibit video.
When I came back to town and I came around the corner and saw Los Alamos on the horizon, I put my hand to my heart and said oh Los Alamos,” Peggy Pendergast of Los Alamos said.
The museum hopes to eventually accumulate a rich and fascinating archive that is not so much about wildfire - but about the strength of the human spirit against adversity.
"That's what this exhibit is all about: a community story - how people in the community came together during this terrible event," said Deck.