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~•» In Fairy Land «•~

July 4, 2013
~•••» Fairy Land inside Carlsbad Caverns, NM~ Photo by Felicia Lujan on the 4th of July~ 2013 «•••~

~•••» Fairy Land inside Carlsbad Caverns, NM~ Photo by Felicia Lujan on the 4th of July~ 2013 «•••~

Hold your breath
and close your eyes.
In Fairy Land a
heart will rise.

When darkness seeps
into your pores,
the caves will beckon
myth and lore.

The lights are out.
There’s just a spark.
In a rocky void,
we leave a mark.

Jagged spikes invite
puncture wounds.
Explored by wanderers
for many moons.

Hold your breath
and count to three.
In Fairy Land,
envision me.

~•» by Felicia Lujan
~•» 4th of July (2013)

Spewing History

December 7, 2012

All I can say for tonight is that I seriously feel like throwing up! I have a severe case of information overload and I was overwhelmed by the vast amount of history in Washington, DC. I am now back in Annapolis and it is 11:55pm here, 9:55pm~ New Mexico time. My feet hurt, my brain is aching, and my stomach is sick. There is just so much history. It was so much to take in. I didn’t get to see many things I really wanted to see because I only had one day. I spent like 14 hours in DC and I am now ready for bed. In one day I went on a White House Tour, kicked it with my cousin Melanie and her son Luke, visited the Natural History Museum, went on a Capitol Tour, and then visited the Library of Congress, Air and Space Museum, National Archives, Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. I have so much to share and write about, but for tonight I will leave you with one quote taken from the National Archives Building and two interesting JFK images. I captured his painting pondering fresh roses (the spiral being my symbol) in the White House. I was also shocked to see his initials prominently cloaking the National Archives (of course). I didn’t know about a new exhibit there highlighting records associated with the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960s. The exhibit draws from the collections of the Kennedy Library and the National Archives. Now it is time to take a bath, eat a pumpkin cheesecake, then go to bed with a full stomach and a full head.

~Quote of the Day from the National Archives Building~

The heritage of the past is the seed that
brings forth the harvest of the future.

JFK Exhibit Banners at the National Archives

~JFK Exhibit Banner on the National Archives Building~

~JFK Pondering the Roses at the White House~

~JFK Pondering the Roses at the White House~

HR 5987- A Bill to Establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park

July 30, 2012

The Oak Ridger published this article online today. This project plays an interesting part of New Mexico history in conjunction with the Los Alamos National Laboratory. This publication comes out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee where the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is located.


Continuing the summary of the testimony I was privileged to be asked to give at the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on H. R. 5987, a bill to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington. The full text of the testimony can be viewed at the following:

In addition to the three government sites, covered last week, the city of Oak Ridge has assets that will contribute to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The Guest House/Alexander Inn is among the most historic structures in the Manhattan Project. It is in a sad state of disrepair now, but has been included in the latest draft of a memorandum of agreement for historic preservation of the K-25 site at East Tennessee Technology Park as an alternative historic preservation initiative complimentary to the other historic preservation actions.

Other portions of the historic city of Oak Ridge may well serve as integral parts or guided tour portions of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, such as the Chapel on the Hill (first church), alphabet houses, Midtown Community Center, Jackson Square Town Site, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, the Oak Ridge Public Library’s Oak Ridge Room and Center for Oak Ridge Oral History and the especially appropriate American Museum of Science and Energy.

The museum has been the mainstay of Oak Ridge Manhattan Project and other related history exhibits since March 19, 1949, when the secret city of Oak Ridge was opened to the public for the first time as the gates to the main roads were removed. That same day, the American Museum of Atomic Energy, as it was known until 1978, opened its doors for the first time and welcomed visitors.

When the museum moved to its present location it also changed its name to the American Museum of Science and Energy and expanded its mission for exhibits and focus to a broader energy related theme. However, it kept its role as a primary source of Oak Ridge history.

Today, the museum is the hub of tourist activity in Oak Ridge, being the first stop for most visitors and a must stop for all visitors. The museum’s Oak Ridge Room is the place where visitors first understand the unique history of the people who were notified first through a phone call from their Senator Kenneth McKellar to the Oliver Springs High School principal telling him to tell the students to go home and tell their parents about the coming changes in their neighborhoods. Lester Fox, still living today, swears that is the way the 3,000 people living in New Hope, Robertsville, Elza, Scarboro and other small communities in this area first learned that 60,000 acres would be used for the Manhattan Project that would become Oak Ridge.

New Quarter Honors Chaco Culture National Historical Park

April 1, 2012
Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters in Bags and Rolls

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters in Bags and Rolls

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters Released in Bags and Rolls

Originally published online by America the Beautiful Quarters Staff on March 31, 2012 at

Starting the month of April for United States Mint product launches will be the release of bags and rolls of Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters. The coins officially enter circulation through Federal Reserve banking channels on Monday, April 2, 2012, and the U.S. Mint will offer two-roll sets and 100-coin bags of the quarters on the same day beginning at 12:00 noon ET.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarters are the second of five 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters and the 12th overall in the ATB series which debuted in 2010. The coin, as the name implies, honors Chaco Culture National Historical Park which is located in the state of New Mexico.

The quarter’s reverse design reflects a view to the west of two elevated kivas that are part of the Chetro Ketl Complex. The design shows the north wall of Chetro Ketl and the north wall of the canyon. Inscriptions on the reverse include CHACO CULTURE, NEW MEXICO, 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The designer was Donna Weaver and the sculptor was Phebe Hemphill.

Prices for bags and rolls of quarters released this year are less expensive than past years. 100-coin bags may be purchased for $34.95, which is down $15 from 2010 and 2011-dated bags. The bags are filled with 100 Chaco Culture quarters minted from either Philadelphia or Denver — buyer’s choice. The canvas bags are tagged with “Chaco Culture National Historical Park,” “NM” and “P” or “D.”

The two-roll sets include one roll of 40 quarters from the Philadelphia Mint and another roll of 40 quarters from the Denver Mint. U.S. Mint wrapping displayed on each of the rolls has “Chaco Culture National Historical Park,” the abbreviation “NM” for New Mexico, “$10,” for the face value of its contents, and “P” or “D” for the U.S. Mint of origin. The rolls are priced at $32.95, which is $7 cheaper than previous rolls.

The bags and rolls may be purchased directly from the United States Mint website at or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Upcoming quarter designs in 2012 will honor Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park in Alaska. The first quarter released in 2012 celebrated El Yunque National Forest located in Puerto Rico.

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