The Premier Showcase of American Mining



All staff members can be reached at (719) 486-1229.


Executive Director – Stephen Whittington

Steve earned his PhD in Anthropology at Penn State University and was Director of the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine and the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University before coming to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in March 2014. He is the 2017-2019 President of the Mountain-Plains Museums AssociationSteve has directed archaeological projects in Honduras, Guatemala, and southern  Mexico. He enjoys running, bicycling, cross-country skiing,racquetball, and learning  about Colorado wines.




Curator – Stephanie Johnson

Hailing from rainy Oregon, Stephanie holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Prior to receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Stephanie spent six months studying abroad in Oslo, Norway. Before coming to the NMHFM, she worked at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs, New Mexico as Curatorial Intern and Collections  Assistant. She has also worked at museums located in Oregon, Southwest Colorado and Canada. Stephanie enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time at the barn with her horse.



Educational Programming & Events Coordinator –Margaret Spiegel 

Margaret is a farm girl from Illinois and is very excited to explore Colorado's beautiful mountain terrain. She has always been drawn to the West and its history, since first reading the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Margaret holds a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Public History with a Museum Studies certificate. She has worked with museums in Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin. In her free time, Margaret loves to cook and bake and is an avid reader, crafter, and movie and music enthusiast (all while enjoying a nice cup of tea).




Events Manager – Francine Webber

A farm girl originally from Kansas, Francine loves to see a  field of sunflowers opening up and following the sun. She  grew up in Dodge City and has a love of Wild West history. Francine and her friends used to spend hours cruising  Wyatt Earp Boulevard and circling through the Sonic Drive-In. (Even though the town has grown, that is still the thing to do.) She attended Kansas State University and majored in Therapeutic Recreation with a secondary major in Gerontology. She has facilitated a number of community events, including the Lake County Children's Health & Safety Fair, Chaffee County Senior Expo, Partners in Care Luncheons (Salida), and Ulysses, KS March of  Dimes, among many others. Francine enjoys listening to and recording the histories of centenarians, reading, watching movies, hiking, and a good nap! Francine has lived in Leadville 19 years and can’t imagine living elsewhere.


Office Manager – Robin Hall 

“Almost” a Colorado native, Robin grew up in both the front-range and the western slope. She has an extensive background in administration and office management, with about 10 years’ experience in the mining industry. Robin is an aspiring author, and history and writing are her passions.  In her spare time, she serves as Treasurer for Chaffee County Writers Exchange and is a member of the Buena Vista Historic Preservation Commission.






Lead Visitor Services Representative – Jessica Rea-Alvarez

Jessica was born and raised in Leadville and has always been interested in Leadville history and learning new things.









Maintenance Technician/Visitor Services Representative/Matchless Docent – Bill Nelson

Bill is a retired mine electrician who worked in the Climax and Black Cloud mines.










Visitor Services Representative/Matchless Docent  –Brenda Miller

Brenda was one of the first women hired to work in the Climax mine. She was a blasting supervisor and worked through eight months of pregnancy.














About the Museum

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Hall of Fame

Learn about the industrious men and women who changed the mining world.

About the Hall of Fame

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2017 Inductees

Prazen Award

Matchless Mine

Visit the historic site of the Matchless Mine and learn the story of the infamous Silver King and Baby Doe.

About the Matchless


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