Events History

2017 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (Photo at left: Navajo Code Talker Fred Billey, an educator.)

        Who: By invitation of the San Juan County Historical Society

        Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of World War II: The Navajo
        Code Talkers' Indispensable Secret Role in the Pacific Theater”

        Description:
From 1942 until the end of World War II the Navajo code was never broken by
        the enemy. Between 350–420 young Navajo U.S. Marines, trained in a unique language, fought
        from Guadalcanal through Okinawa, a territory of Japan. Their military commander claimed
        that they shortened the war by a year.

        She'll describe how the code was initiated by the original 29 Navajo U.S. Marine radiomen
        who had deep knowledge of Navajo culture and environment, how the number of code talkers
        expanded to serve in six Marine divisions forcing increased vocabulary as new technology
        was introduced on the battlefield, and how the "code-within-a-code" protected its secrecy.
        With precise accuracy the code was put to use in the Pacific theater allowing the allied forces
        to island hop and get closer to target Japan.

        Bartlit will wrap up this story by revealing exactly what happened to the code talkers
        following the war.

    Wednesday:
        5:00–7:00 p.m.

    Location:
        Aztec Senior Community Center
        101 S. Park Ave.
        Aztec, New Mexico 87410
        505-334-2881

    Contact:
        Patty Tharp
        202-538-2102


October 10, 2017

        Who: The Best Little Book Club

        Presentation by Nancy R. Bartlit: "Silent Voices of WWII: Who Were They and How Did
           the Authors Come to Tell Their Stories?"
   
        Tuesday:
           5:30 p.m.

        Location:
           Home of Sylvia Johnson
           (address to come)
           Santa Fe, NM
           505-490-1789

        Contact:
           Tana Mendes Bidwell, President
           505-577-4364


August 5, 2017
    Saturday, August 5 Presentation: "Silent Voices of World War II: from New Mexico to the Philippines"

            • 10:30–11:30 a.m.

            15-Minute Break, 10:45 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

            • Part II, 11:00 a.m.—12 noon
                Part II details how the U.S. Navy used the Navajo Code Talkers to push back the Japanese
                forces on Pacific islands—from Guadalcanal to Okinawa.

    Bradbury Science Museum
    1350 Central Avenue
    Los Alamos, NM 87544

    Contact: Science Museum Office
    505-667-4444
    web-bsm@lanl.gov
    Bradbury Science Museum

June 27, 2017

2014 
February 15, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM

    Manzanar National Historic Site, California
    "Annual Day of Remembrance"

    In conjunction with internee Bill Nishimura at 1:30 pm
    For more information, call 760-878-2194 ext. 3310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/manz

March 22, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
    Booth at the Santa Fe Jin Festival
    Japanese Culture: music, food, entertainment


March 31, 2014
Time: TBD

    Meadowlark Senior Center
    Albuquerque

    505-896-8321

April 17, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM

    Talk: "Glimpses of the Past"
    Fort Union National Park

    Las Vegas, NM
    505-896-8321

2013 
May 20, 2013
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm

    Kirkland Air Force Base
    Talk: “Santa Fe’s Mystery History: The Santa Fe Japanese American Internment Camp (1942-1946),
    in the shadow of Los Alamos”
    Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month

    Las Vegas, NM
    505-896-8321

May 25, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm

    Dinner Presentation
    Manuscript Society

    Santa Fe, NM

June 8, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm

    Fundraising Dinner for the Los Alamos Democratic Party
    Principal Speaker: State Auditor Hector Balderas
    Honoree: Nancy Bartlit, for her decades of community service

    DeColores Restaurant
    2470 East Rd.
    Los Alamos
    (505) 662-6285

July 4, 2013
Time TBA

    Presentation. Japanese American National Museum program
    Manuscript Society
    Seattle, WA

July 13, 2013>
10:00 am-5:00 pm

    John & Nancy Bartlit will be selling Silent Voices until Nancy speaks
    Bartlit speaks, 4:00 pm, Japanese Internment at Ft. Stanton, in Chavez Hall
    Honoree: Nancy Bartlit, for her decades of community service

    Militray Dance, 7:00 pm
    Ft. Stanton, Inc

2012 
Awards
April 15, 7:00p.m.

    Honored, Living Treasures, along with her husband John, Los alamos, NM

Lectures
April 16, 7:00p.m.

    Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
April 21-22, 9:00a.m.
    National Conference on New Mexico Japanese American Internment, "Inside and Outside the Barbed Wire"
November 27, 11:45a.m.
    Rotary Club International, Los Alamos, NM

Teaching / Training
May 21, 10:30a.m.

    Docent training, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

2011 
Awards NOT FINISHED YET
April 15, 7:00p.m.

    Honored, Living Treasures, along with her husband John, Los alamos, NM


Manzanar National Historic Site, California
"Annual Day of Remembrance"

In conjunction with internee Bill Nishimura at 1:30 pm
For more information, call 760-878-2194 ext. 3310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/manz