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 Vice President of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association. Steve 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.


Office Manager – Judith Mulder

Judith is the Office Manager for the Museum. She is the person you will get if you have questions about your membership, donations, newsletters or invoices. Her other responsibility is to assure that our handling of money is done in a professional manner, so you can rest easy that your donations are properly cared for. Judith also manages the Gift Shop. Involved with many theatre productions back East, Judith quickly became involved in the burgeoning Leadville performing arts scene upon her recent move to Leadville. She enjoys creating costumes, set designs, and many other creative arts.


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 went to Kansas State University and majored in Therapeutic Recreation with a secondary major in Gerontology. She enjoys listening to and recording the histories of centenarians, reading, watching movies, and a good nap! Francine has lived in Leadville 19 years and can’t imagine living elsewhere.


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).  


Custodian/Maintenance Technician – Bill Nelson

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










Visitor Services Representative – 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

Explore our 25,000 sq.ft. of interactive and informative exhibits!

About Us



Educational Resources

Hall of Fame

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

About the Hall of Fame

Browse Inductee Database

2016 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


Hours and Location