Armed with a vision and the passion to tell the stories we never knew.
ancy R. Bartlit is an author, oral historian, amateur photographer, and a Chautauqua lecturer listed with the N.M. Humanities Council and the Historical Society of New Mexico. A resident of Los Alamos for 52 years, she formerly was elected to the city/county council, serving as its Chairman (the "Mayor").
Bartlit is known as an environmental, health, and historic preservation activist. When she was President of the Los Alamos Historical Society, she signed the papers for the Society to own the home in which J. Robert Oppenheimer lived during WWII. In May 2011, Los Alamos dedicated bronze statues of Dr. Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves, a project Nancy championed for seven years. She campaigned for Los Alamos, New Mexico, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington, to become the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act was passed as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, and then signed into law by president Obama the middle of December 2014.
Nancy graduated from Smith College, Northampton, MA, as a history major, and afterwards taught in Sendai, Japan, for two years, visiting all four main islands of Japan. She revisited Japan five times, one which was under the University of New Mexico Study of Japanese Business and Technology. Following completion of that program, she studied under Everett M. Rogers, a distinguished professor who headed the UNM Journalism and Communication Department and under whom she received her Master's Degree.
Rogers and Bartlit interviewed numerous New Mexico veterans to write Silent Voices of World War II: When Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun
(Sunstone Press, Santa Fe: 2005). The book is approved by the NM Board of Education as a supplemental historic text. The pair interviewed U.S. Army survivors of the Bataan Death March, Navajo Code Talker Marine privates, Manhattan Project civilian and military personnel, and a survivor of the Santa Fe Internment Camp for Males of Japanese descent. (continued...)