Mining Museum Receives Grants for Signs, Project
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHF&M) announced that it has received grants from three charitable organizations to support its mission.
The Summit Foundation, headquartered in Breckenridge, is providing $5,000 to fabricate and install permanent interpretive signs at the Matchless Mine. The grant will provide essential support to create interpretive signs that will enhance visitor experiences at the historic Matchless Mine and will increase sustainability for the NMHF&M. The project will improve how visitors learn about the significance of Leadville’s mining and its impact on the history of Colorado and the United States.
The Denver Foundation’s Greenwood Fund has granted $1,500 for a collection rooms storage improvement project. The NMHF&M will use the grant to purchase museum-quality shelves and boxes to reduce crowding of mineral specimens and mining equipment currently in storage.
An anonymous trust also donated $1,000 for interpretive signs at the Matchless Mine. Visitors to the silver mine, once owned by Horace and “Baby Doe” Tabor, could carry mock-ups of the signs with them on self-guided tours during the summer of 2015. The NMHF&M plans to install permanent signs before the start of the 2016 tourist season.
“Philanthropic support is critical for museums such as ours to undertake projects that improve visitor experiences and collections stewardship,” said NMHF&M Executive Director Stephen Whittington. “We are grateful for the confidence these organizations are showing in us by sending project support our way.”
The mission of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is to tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American public. The museum is open year-round. The surface structures of the Matchless Mine are open from late May through late September each year.
Information about the Matchless Mine can be accessed on the NMHF&M web site along with additional information about the museum and its facilities.