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Leadville News – August 3

Leadville Sports Hall of Fame Inductions Tonight

Tonight Friday, Aug. 3 the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame (LLCSHF) will hold its annual Induction ceremony where three new athletic superstars will ring in the Class of 2018. 

1967 XC TEAM

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Inductees into the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. Photo: The 1967 Lake County High School Cross Country team garnered the first Cross Country State Championship in LCHS history. Left to right – Robert Martinez, Dennis Moffett, Randy Montgomery, Rudy Maestas, Coach Dick Anderson, Dan Sams, Allen Long, Dan Mason, and Joe Maez-manger.

The public is invited to tonight’s event which will welcome 2 new athletes and one team into the elite group. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and hors d-oeuvres, followed by the Awards and Induction ceremony at 7 p.m.  There is no charge to attend, but the Hall of Fame will have a silent auction and solicit donations for the Wall of Champions project. The event will take place at Lake County High School, located at 1000 W 4th Street in Leadville.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Leadville/ Lake County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees!


Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame Board Members Carlos Martinez (l) and Gary Hanks (r) serve up the suds at the Leadvilel Race Series. The beer tent is a major fundraiser for the non-profit which will honor local athletes/teams at their induction ceremony this Friday, August 3. Photo: Leadville Today

Mining Museum Hosts Weekend Fun

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMFHM) is excited to hold its annual Family Fun Day during Leadville’s Boom Days festival on Saturday, Aug. 4. The musuem will be hosting activities outside and inside the museum from 3  – 5 p.m. for visitors.

Outside of the museum, their popular free gold panning event returns. This was very popular last year, so they’ve added an extra panning station this year.  This activity offers kids the opportunity to try their panning skills in search of $500 worth of real gold!

Kids Mining Museum

The Mining Museum is a big hit with kids of all ages – very interactive and informative. Take advantage of their programs this Boom Days. Photo: NMHFM Facebook page.

Additional activities will be offered inside the museum with paid admission; children are free with at least one paid adult admission (per family). Activities include create a crystal, paint a peace rock, and dress up like a miner, rock hound with real geologists and  make fun crafts. This year, for the first time, the NMFHM is excited to offer “Meet a Real Hero.” Members of the Front Range Mine Rescue Team will be demonstrating what they do to save lives when miners are trapped in a mine.  Admission includes access to the entire museum.

For more information about the events, contact Emma at emma@mininghalloffame.org or call 719-486-1229 x10.


Latest News – November 10

Museum Director Appointed to Lead MPMA

Stephen L. Whittington, Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM), is the new President of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA).


Stephen Whittington

Outgoing President Mark Janzen, Director of Museum Studies, Department of History and Geography, University of Central Oklahoma, turned over governance of the organization October 19 at the business meeting of the 64th Annual Conference in Lakewood. 

Whittington has been Vice President and President-elect of MPMA for the past two years. During that period, he has served on a variety of committees to gain insights into the organization’s operations. He recently chaired the search committee that hired MPMA’s new Executive Director, Deb Arenz. His two-year term as President will conclude in the fall of 2019.

Whittington previously served as a member and officer of the boards of state, regional, and national museum organizations while he was director of museums in Maine and North Carolina. He has been Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum since March 2014.

Mining Museum_Leadville

The National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame is one of Leadville’s top tourist attraction and for good reason!

MPMA is a regional organization of museum professionals that advocates excellence in the field, provides a forum for communication between its members, and shares creative learning opportunities with the region’s diverse audiences. Established in 1953, the association provides services to museum professionals in ten states: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. MPMA is the voice of its members in appropriate state, regional, and national arenas.

MPMA works on behalf of the museum community to educate its members in the newest standards and advances in the museum field. Its focus includes fostering professionalism, ethical standards, cooperation, and fellowship.