The refurbished B-52B Stratofortress, held at the museum's Heritage Park. This monstrous plane was a crucial element to America's Cold War defense plan. 

The refurbished B-52B Stratofortress, held at the museum's Heritage Park. This monstrous plane was a crucial element to America's Cold War defense plan. 

It was chilling to stand at ground zero for the first nuclear explosion in the world. Open only two days a year, the White Sands Missile Range opens its gates for people to visit the infamous Trinity Site. 

It was chilling to stand at ground zero for the first nuclear explosion in the world. Open only two days a year, the White Sands Missile Range opens its gates for people to visit the infamous Trinity Site. 

In order to complete my Master's in Public History for the University of West Florida, I had to complete a deliverable practicum for an organization and write a report on my process. My practicum was done at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, NM. This Smithsonian Affiliated institution is the premiere museum for learning about every facet of nuclear science, history, and culture.  

 

Have you ever interviewed a B-52 pilot who trained for nuclear war scenarios? I have. It was awesome! Thomas Foster was the last pilot to ever fly the B-52 held at the museum's Heritage Park. (Plane pictured above.)

Have you ever interviewed a B-52 pilot who trained for nuclear war scenarios? I have. It was awesome! Thomas Foster was the last pilot to ever fly the B-52 held at the museum's Heritage Park. (Plane pictured above.)

The Atomic Culture exhibit as it was upon my arrival at the museum. 

The Atomic Culture exhibit as it was upon my arrival at the museum. 

My finished report "The Silver Screen Lining: Examining the Impact of Atomic culture on Hollywood" and its acceptance earned me the final requirement needed for graduation. The practicum report documents my attainment, process, goals, failures, and delivered materials as I worked at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.