Mining Museum Hosts Appreciation Day Next Saturday
The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum (NMHF) will host a community appreciation day on Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The museum will offer free admission to Lake County residents with proof of residency.
If you’ve never been to the museum or haven’t been in a long time, you’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the museum for free. Several new exhibits have been added over the past year as well as updates made to existing exhibits.
“Many people do not realize how large of a museum we have right here in our community, 25,000 square feet of exhibit space,” according to NMHF Stephanie Johnson, curator. “We are not just dedicated Leadville’s mining history, we are a national museum showcasing mining artifacts, tools and processes of the trade, walk through mine replicas, and mineral and gem collections from throughout the United States and around the world.”
The museum also announced Dr. Vince Matthews, local geologist, historian, and published author will be presenting, “A Potpourri of Historical Geology, Geologists, and the Leadville Mining District”. If you have not had the chance to hear Dr. Matthews, you don’t want to miss it. Dr. Matthews is not only knowledgeable but is passionate about Colorado geology and history which makes him a great story teller. He is the award winning author of “Messages in Stone: Colorado’s Colorful Geology.”
The presentation begins at 11 a.m. on December 12 and will highlight noted geologists and other interesting personalities who visited the famous Leadville Mining District of the 1880s; among them, Samuel Franklin Emmons who produced, in 1886, the world renowned publication “Geology and Mining Industry of Leadville Colorado (with Atlas)” and was featured in the Leadville section of Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer-prize-winning novel “Angle of Repose. Dr. Matthews will also discuss how glaciers affected the discovery and development of Leadville’s gold and silver booms.
NMHF Events Manager, Francine Webber stated, “This is just a little way we can give back to our community which supports us. Hot cider and cookies will be available and we will be giving away a family membership too. ”
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Leadville, Colo. is the only mining museum in the United States with a federal charter. Our mission is to tell the story of mining, its people, and its importance to American public. The National Mining Hall of Fame is home to 232 inductees whose contributions to the industry have significantly advanced America’s quality of life through their contributions in the areas of education, workplace safety, technology, environmental stewardship, reclamation, policy, and scientific discovery. We are a nonprofit organization dependent on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and the business community to operate.