2016 Spring Outing: Center for Land Use Interpretation

LAGLS Spring Gathering:
Center for Land Use Interpretation

The Sunday January 24, 2016 Calendar Section of the Los Angeles Times featured a fascinating article, “Sparking chain reaction of awe”, about what stories a bunch of old Rolodex cards could tell.
Especially old Rolodex cards from Los Alamos National Laboratory. You know. From the Manhattan Project Los Alamos Lab. Turns out that The Center for Land Use Interpretation acquired a set of seven rolodexes from the dispersed collection of former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Ed Grothus, who operated a salvage company of lab cast-offs known as The Black Hole. The rolodexes contain many thousands of business cards kept by some unknown office in the lab over the 1960s and 1970s — the peak of the arms race and its technological development. And they are on exhibit right now, at time of the LAGLS newsletter publication.
The problem is this. They might not be on exhibit by time we get a chance to see it, which will be the later portion of March. The CLUI doesn’t know how long they will have this exhibit. But even so, there will certainly be another interesting exhibit. The Center for Land Use Interpretation is a research and education organization interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the earth’s surface, and in finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that humans individually and collectively create. CLUI was founded in 1994, and since that time it has produced dozens of exhibits on land use themes and regions, for public institutions all over the United States, as well as overseas. The Center publishes books, conducts public tours, and offers information and research resources through its library, archive, and website. Physically, this is a building with a small exhibit space and a library, so it will take us less than a half hour to check it out. But let’s make a date of it for Saturday March 19, 12 pm. We’ll grab some lunch afterward at a nearby eatery.

Saturday March 19, 2016 12 pm

Center for Land Use Interpretation
9331 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Cost: free
(but they do ask for donations)

Followed by lunch nearby, TBD

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