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NMHFM Names New Executive Director

March 22, 2022

New ExecutiveDirector Hired


The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum announcesthat Elizabeth Dinschel has been hired to be the new Executive Director,beginning May 1. Elizabeth is currently the Archivist and Education Specialistat the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa. Shehas a Master’s in History from the University of North Florida and a Master’sin Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She will be replacingStephen Whittington, who has been the Executive Director since 2014 and isretiring at the end of May.

Elizabeth was born in Miami and lived inFlorida for most of her life. She spent several years working for the SeminoleTribe at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in the Everglades. In 2013, she moved to Iowato work for the National Archives and Records Administration at the HerbertHoover Presidential Library and Museum.

Elizabeth will be moving to Leadville with herhusband, Adam Dinschel, and 17-year-old daughter, Audrey. Her 21-year-olddaughter, Jessica, will be staying in Iowa. In her spare time, Elizabeth likesto play with Lucy her dog, kayak, fish, hike, play the bass, and lift weights.

Elizabeth commented, “We are very excited tocome to Leadville. I look forward to learning more about the history of thecity and getting to know the people who make it a great place.” Regarding thenational search and Elizabeth’s hiring, David Travis, Chairman of the Board ofDirectors, stated, “The search team did an outstanding job in findingElizabeth, who will bring an extraordinary amount of energy and creativity tolead our organization into the future.”