The original Living Treasures program was begun in 1984 by Mary Lou Cook and friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their vision was to pay tribute to elders whose community activities over the years have made a true difference in the quality of life for its residents. The Treasures program seeks to honor these special people by having them share their life stories and acknowledging their contributions. It was hoped that other communities would create a similar recognition ceremony.
Living Treasures of Los Alamos held its first public ceremony on April 11, 1999. Each spring, the community is invited to a ceremony held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. After oral histories have been written and photographs taken, friends, family and colleagues come together to share their memories and offer their appreciation of each Treasure. The Treasures then address the audience and the celebration concludes with a reception sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank
In 2006 Living Treasures of Los Alamos was granted non-profit status. Tax-deductible contributions may now be given in support of the many expenses that are incurred while maintaining this community celebration. Please mail contributions to:
LTLA, PO Box 1065, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Contributors will be listed on the Supporters page of this website.