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Here you can find the latest news for what happening at our museum and our involvement in the mining industry.

The 36th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Program


Leadville, CO - The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) has proudly announced the highly anticipated class of 2023 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees and the recipient of the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award. These distinguished individuals, hailing from various sectors of the mining industry, will be honored at the 36th annual Induction Gala on October 28, 2023, at the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, Colorado. This prestigious event will celebrate their remarkable contributions and achievements. The class of 2023 National Mining Hall of Fame inductees includes Richard Adkerson, Chairman and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan, recognized for his long-time advocacy of responsible mining practices and leadership in technological advances. Carolyn Loder, a prominent figure with over four decades of dedication to preserving mining viability and fair treatment of Native Americans and local communities, is also among the honorees. E. Morgan Massey, a champion of coal mining technology and safety, and Albert Reynolds, a successful mining magnate, will be posthumously inducted. Dennis Washington, founder of The Washington Companies, known for his innovative and safe mining practices, completes the esteemed class. The 36th annual Induction Gala will take place on October 28, 2023, at the Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, CO. M. Stephen Enders will serve as the emcee for the event, which promises to be a memorable celebration of the inductees' contributions to the mining industry. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum honors the exceptional achievements of individuals who have shaped the mining industry. The class of 2023 inductees represents a diverse group of leaders and visionaries who have made significant contributions to responsible mining, technological advancements, and community engagement. The upcoming Induction Gala on October 28, 2023, will provide a platform to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize their profound impact on the mining industry. Stay updated by visiting the NMHFM website and contact Elizabeth Dinschel, Executive Director, for inquiries and sponsorship opportunities.

Matchless Mine is open for 2023 Season (Closed September 2023)

Leadville, Colorado, known for its rich mining heritage, is preparing to welcome visitors for the 2023 season as the iconic Matchless Mine reopens its doors. Situated near the esteemed National Hall of Fame Mining Museum, this United States national historic site promises a captivating journey into the region's mining legacy, with the fascinating story of Baby Doe Tabor taking center stage. Baby Doe Tabor, a captivating figure in mining lore, became a symbol of perseverance and determination when she married Horace Tabor, a prominent mining tycoon. Their lives were a rollercoaster of fortunes and misfortunes, embodying both incredible wealth and heart-wrenching loss. Baby Doe's unwavering devotion to the Matchless Mine, even in the face of adversity, represents the indomitable spirit of those who sought their fortunes in the Colorado Rockies. As visitors venture into the Matchless Mine, they are transported back in time to an era of resilience and resourcefulness. Expert guides lead surface tours, allowing visitors to witness the remnants of mining equipment, hear echoes of past labor, and gain a deeper understanding of the miners' arduous work. Interactive exhibits, including gold panning, bring the mining experience to life, fostering an appreciation for Leadville's mining heyday and the determination of those who shaped its history. The Matchless Mine, a revered United States national historic site, stands as a testament to Leadville's mining heritage. With its reopening for the 2023 season, this captivating attraction invites visitors to embark on an extraordinary journey through time. From the legendary tales of Baby Doe Tabor to the immersive experiences within its tunnels, the Matchless Mine offers a profound appreciation for the indomitable spirit of the miners who shaped Leadville's history. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this remarkable gem located near the National Hall of Fame Mining Museum and discover the allure of Colorado's mining legacy. Add it it your Leadville bucket-list today and come see this exciting part of our history at the National Historic Site located in the High Country of Colorado!

2022 National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

1st Quarter High Grade

NMHFM Names New Executive Director

Elizabeth Dinschel has been chosen as the new Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum.

Spirits in the Shaft 2023

Season's Greetings & Museum News!

The end of another year is right around the corner. See what is happening at the NMHFM!

34th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Video

Dr. Richard L. Bullock, Gary J. Goldberg, Harry M. Parker, and Raja V. Ramani were inducted into the National Mining Hall of Fame on October 23, 2021. Elizabeth J.B. Arnold (Liz) was also awarded the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award.

3rd Quarter 2021 The High Grade Newsletter

We are on the final approach to our 2021 National Mining Hall of Fame Banquet!

NEW Another Trip Advisor Award!

The High Grade Newsletter Third Quarter 2021

Check out what's happening this summer in Leadville at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum!

NMHFM introduces new audio tour

Audio tour now available for use on your smart phone.

Western Authors Chris Enss, Phil Mills, Jr. & Bill Markleyto Visit in June!

Private Collection Art Show Catalog

Our private collection art sale will continue into May. Interested parties may bid on any of the pieces in the catalog by sending an email to Please include the Item #, a short description and your bid amount, along with contact information so that we may respond. Suggested prices are listed for each item. The proceeds of this sale will be split equally between the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and a Colorado School of Mines scholarship fund.

2021 National Hall of Fame Inductees Named

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce the class of 2021National Mining Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s inductees, selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Board of Governors, are being honored for setting new and uniform standards and improving existing processes for feasibility studies and resource/reserve estimation, executive contributions and proactive leadership in safety and diversity, innovative practical application of geostatistics, and lifetime contributions to the education of many of the world’s leading mining industry professionals.

NMHFM Reaches $1 Million Endowment Goal

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum has reached its first fundraising goal and now has an endowment that totals more than $1 million to support operations. This preliminary goal is part of an ambitious campaign to raise $6 million to ensure the organization’s sustainability. The NMHFM has partnered with the Avenir Foundation and the Denver Foundation to assure the success of the campaign and to guarantee prudent stewardship and careful oversight of the endowment.

Gift Shop Logo Contest Announced

Win a specially selected prize from our gift shop inventory by submitting a logo design for The Miner's Pick! Our friends and supporters helped us come up with a great new name, and now we are looking for an artistic interpretation to help us develop a personality for our shop. We have lots of great plans for future merchandise options and events, so send us your ideas for a great new logo!

The High Grade | Hasta La Vista 2020

Read the December 2020 issue of our newsletter here!

National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2020

National Mining Hall of Fame's Induction Ceremony was broadcast in 2020, as COVID-19 forced organizations worldwide to find a new way of presenting what were traditionally in-person events.