Latest News – July 20

Museum Convention Center: No Heat, Must Meet

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) will be holding a community forum on the future of the convention center at 6 p.m.

The Convention Center's fate hangs in the balance. A community forum is scheduled for tomorrow - Tuesday July 21 at the facility on W. 10th Street.

The Convention Center’s fate hangs in the balance. A community forum is scheduled for tomorrow – Tuesday July 21 at the facility on W. 10th Street.

This past spring the facility’s heating system broke down and cannot be repaired. The forum will be an opportunity for the public to comment on whether or not to continue operations, what the convention center should be for Lake County, and how to sustain it. The convention center is located at 115 W. 10th

For native sons and daughters, it is also known as the old high school gym, as the museum was originally built as Leadville High School. But since those days and the development of the Mining Museum, the convention center has been home to many a prom, Quinceañera, and wedding reception, as well as a list of community events from the Leadville Arts Coalition Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, to an avalanche seminar, to chamber dinners.

According to NMHFM Executive Director Steve Whittington, the non-profit organization is looking into grants to replace the entire heating system, which will most likely include asbestos remediation as well. Ultimately, the use and purpose of the facility’s future will determine what funding entity(s) will be approached. There have been a variety of conversations about the space future use, from leaving it as it is, to turning it into a community center, to shutting the space down all together. What say you?

Back in October 2011, the Avalanche Seminar packed the house at the Mining Museum's Convention Center. Photo: Leadville Today

Back in October 2011, the Avalanche Seminar packed the house at the Mining Museum’s Convention Center. Photo: Leadville Today

Whittington is asking for the community’s input at tomorrow night’s meeting. However, for those who cannot make that gathering, Leadville Today is encouraging people to have their voices heard on the Leadville Today or NMHFM Facebook Page. Or if you don’t engage with social media, you may also email Steve Whittington directly at director@mininghalloffame.org.

Remember, when it comes to convincing funders to foot the bill on a new heating system, in a century old building, it helps to see that the community cares enough to voice their opinion, so please take a minute and do so.Obit_Spacer_ThinLink_Newsletter_Hamner_LeadvilleToday

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