Thomas Branigan Memorial Library invites you to a discussion with Las Cruces author, Elva Österreich, on Dec. 10, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (MT) via Zoom.
Ms Österreich writes for the Las Cruces Bulletin newspaper, and is the editor of Desert Exposure, a monthly arts/entertainment and news magazine for southern New Mexico.
“The Manhattan Project Trinity Test: Witnessing the Bomb in New Mexico” by Elva K. Österreich, features the stories of ordinary people in Southern New Mexico during the Trinity Test. Österreich noted that between July 16, 1945 when the bomb went off at the Trinity Site and Aug. 6, 1945 when the bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the people of the areas surrounding the Trinity Test were told that a munitions dump on at the Holloman Army Airfield (now Holloman Air Force Base) had exploded by mistake.
“People who saw the event had a variety of thoughts when it happened, from a shoulder shrug, to an enemy attack, to the end of the world,” she said. Österreich acknowledges that there are many books written about the Trinity Test. She hopes that this book of stories of “ordinary, unknowing witnesses” creates a kind of bridge of understanding between generations as well as individuals.
To be added to the Zoom invite list for the discussion contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Trinity” as the subject.