Author of Silent Voices of World War II: When Sons of the Land of Enchantment Me

Nancy Bartlit

Historian whose specialty is New Mexico's involvement in WWII in the Pacific & the Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp

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Nancy Reynolds Bartlit

Author, Historian, Lecturer, Inter-cultural Communicator, Environmentalist, and Health Activist

Nancy R. Bartlit is co-author of “Silent Voices of World War II: When Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun,” written with the distinguished Professor Everett M. Rogers, University of New Mexico Communications Department.

Mrs. Bartlit is past President of the Los Alamos Historical Society. She is an historian, politician, environmental and health activist, amateur photographer, and long-time community leader of Los Alamos, NM, where she has lived with her husband John for 48 years and where her children Jennifer and John were born. In 1969, Nancy and her husband John co-founded New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water, Inc., which led  fight to clean up air emissions of huge coal-burning power plants in the Four Corners region and copper smelters in the southwestern part of the state. Their continued efforts help to preserve the turquoise skies of New Mexico.

Beginning in the 1970s she served for 12 years on the National American Lung Association Board and served for many years on the state board, later as its President. In the 1980s Bartlit was elected to the city/county council for six years, including serving as its Chairman (mayor) through 1988.

After earning her B.A. in history from Smith College thirteen years after the end of WWII, Bartlit taught for two years at a private girls academy in Sendai, Japan, tutoring scientists at a research institute and students at UNESCO. She visited all four main islands and resided in Kyoto during one summer break. On her way back to the States, she completed global travel by taking the time to stop off in 17 countries. She later toured parts of Europe, including Bastogne, Belgium near the Battle of the Bulge; the gravesite of Winston Churchill; and London’s Parliament and Tower of London.

Bartlit served as wife, mother, and health and community activist before receiving her M.A. in communication from the University of New Mexico where she met Professor Rogers. She had enrolled in a two-year program of Japanese industry and technology with a home stay in Japan. She returned to visit 14 museums/monuments and Okinawa, visiting the place where Ernie Pyle was killed covering WWII battles.

Continuing research for her upcoming book on the Santa Fe Japanese American Internment Camp and other articles on World War II, over the last two years Bartlit has toured various WWII sites in the Philippines, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, and Iwo Jima.

Bartlit’s unique understanding of the Japanese people and her adopted state led to further exploration of cross-cultural perspectives. She returned to Japan numerous times with family and while her husband worked on mutual scientific research with Japanese scientists. Nancy represents a human link between a country that was once the archenemy and the place that created the weapons that caused its surrender.