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Lecture Series: Cary Skidmore, Screening of La Tierra Quemada (The Burning Ground)
Dates: October 8, 2019
Address: 1050 Bathtub Row, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price: FREE

Lecture Series: Cary Skidmore, Screening of La Tierra Quemada (The Burning Ground)

La Tierra Quemada (The Burning Ground) is a 54-minute documentary video produced by Los Alamos National Laboratory to recount the circumstances of its most devastating explosives accident on October 14, 1959. Explosives operations at the Laboratory's S-Site were at a feverish pace that undergirded the frenzy of Cold War nuclear weapons development. Tragically, four workers from the nearby Rio Grande Valley were killed in a violent explosion while performing routine operations at the Burning Ground. Reverberations rocked families, co-workers, communities, S-Site operations, and nuclear weapons designs. Now, 60 years after the accident, the story is shared in a public screening for the first time. A brief question and answer period will follow.

Cary Skidmore was intimately involved in various aspects of explosives research and operations for most of his 33-year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. For the final 12 years, his passion was researching and sharing the history of the Laboratory's work with explosives. He considers this documentary video the capstone of his career.

The 2019–2020 Los Alamos Historical Society Lecture Series is generously sponsored by Robin and Richard McLean.

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Lecture Series: Cary Skidmore, Screening of La Tierra Quemada (The Burning Ground)
  • 1050 Bathtub Row
  • Los Alamos, NM 87544
  • to
  • Fuller Lodge, Pajarito Room
  • FREE