“Ladies of the Mines” Airs Tonight on Rocky Mtn PBS
Whether it’s a case of art imitating life, and then life turning around and throwing a big party on behalf of such art, there are a couple of women and mining events coming up that all Leadville “mother muckers” should be aware of.
First, tonight at 7 p.m. viewers can watch the program “Ladies of the Mines” airing on the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting System channel (PBS).
Based on the real-life stories of three women who lived in Colorado mining camps at the end of the 19th century, the 30-minute documentary tells of their challenges with “high altitude, groceries delivered by mule train, pack rats and spoiled Thanksgiving turkeys.”
The short documentary focuses on three women – Harriet Fish Bacus, of Tomboy Bride fame, who lived near Telluride; Mabel Barbee Lee and Anne Ellis. Ellis grew up in poverty near the Bonanza Mine in Saguache County before ending up in Cripple Creek; Lee grew up in Cripple Creek.
Produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and History Colorado, this series explores the people, events and places that have shaped Colorado. From the colorful characters who built the state to the events that shaped who we are and the places we call home, this series educates and entertains.
The “Ladies of the Mines” was screened in Durango, Colo. earlier this week and was the product of a contest built around PBS’ “Viewer’s Choice.” The public TV station received more than 100 submissions for the Viewers’ Choice contest but it was the topic suggested by Rudy and Andie Davison, who have homes in Durango and Telluride, that won the contest in spring 2015.
Colorado Experience’s “Ladies of the Mines” will take you on a journey to uncover the hardships, innovation and tenacity of the women following Colorado’s mining bug. This episode will premiere on tonight January 14 at 7 p.m.
Along the same vein, the National Hall of Fame and Mining Museum’s Annual Wine Tasting event will highlight the fairer sex when they present their “Wine, Women and Mining” on February 12. Advance, tickets will be $30 and are available at the museum’s gift shop at 120 W. 9th Street in Leadville. The first 150 advance ticket purchases will receive a souvenir wine glass. Call 719-486-1229 or visit the website for details.