For all events, children must be accompanied by an adult.
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and Colorado Mountain College Leadville Campus are collaborating this spring semester, to offer CMC’s Community Education Noncredit Film Course, this time entitled “Mining Goes to the Movies II.” National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum staff and veteran miners will lead discussions as participants plunge into an exploration of how women have been depicted in mining films. Each session will include watching a film and a discussion of the film led by a mining expert. All films will be shown in the NMHFM's Moolick Library. Register online at https://coloradomtn.edu/community-education/classes/. The cost is $10, whether you attend one film or all six.
Friday, January 17, 6:00 p.m.: King Solomon’s Mines (U.S., 1950; dir. by Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton)
Discussion with Myles Gallagher, NMHFM Curator.
Based on the H. Rider Haggard novel, fortune hunter Allan Quatermain (Stewart Granger) teams up with a resourceful woman (Deborah Kerr) to help her find her missing husband lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while searching for the fabled diamond mines of King Solomon. This is the 1950 version that won two Oscars and one Golden Globe award.
Friday, January 24, 6:00 p.m: How Green Was My Valley (U.S., 1941; dir. by John Ford)
Discussion with TBD.
Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw (Roddy McDowell), we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes for his youngest son, but Huw has his own ideas on how to honor his father. Daughter Angharad (Maureen O’Hara) is the most beautiful girl in the valley and is very much in love with Mr. Gruffydd (Walter Pidgeon), who isn't sure he can provide her the life she deserves. Times are hard and good men find themselves out of work and exploited by unseen mine owners.
Friday, January 31, 6:00 p.m: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (U.S., 1964; dir. by Charles Walters)
Discussion with Brenda Miller, NMHFM docent and retired Climax miner.
A poor, uneducated mountain girl (Debbie Reynolds) leaves her cabin in search of respect, a wealthy husband (Harve Presnell), and a better life in this fictionalized biopic of Leadville’s own Margaret “Molly” Brown, who survived the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic. Debbie Reynolds was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Brown.
Feb. 7, 2020, , 6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. - Annual wine, beer, & whiskey tasting event. 1920 and the Roaring 20s: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the nationwide right to vote.
Friday, February 14, 6:00 p.m: Paint Your Wagon (U.S., 1969; dir. by Joshua Logan)
Discussion with Fred and Sandra Mark, NMHFM volunteers.
A Michigan farmer (Clint Eastwood) and a prospector (Lee Marvin) form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife (Jean Seberg), hijacking a stage, kidnapping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boomtown. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. Even Horace Tabor puts in an appearance.
Friday, February 21, 6:00 p.m: Salt of the Earth (U.S., 1954; dir. by Herbert Biberman)
Discussion with Dr. Stephen Whittington, NMHFM Executive Director.
Based on the 1950 Empire Zinc Strike in Bayard, New Mexico, Chicano workers call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers, and daughters, that they eventually triumph. The movie stars Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas and union members involved in the actual strike.
Friday, February 28, time TBD: Margaret’s Museum (Canada and U.K., 1995; dir. by Mort Ransen)
Discussion with TBD.
Set in the 1940s in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, it tells the story of a young girl living in a coal mining town where the death of men from accidents in “the pit” (the mines) has become almost routine. Margaret MacNeil (Helena Bonham Carter) has already lost her father and an older brother and for her, life alone would be preferable to marrying a mine worker—that is until the charming Neil Currie (Clive Russell) shows up.
Saturday, June 6, Author Visit by Chris Enns Lecture and Reception - SAVE THE DATE!
Chris is a New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about women of the Old West for more than twenty years. She has penned more than forty published books on the subject. Her work has been honored with five Will Rogers Medallion Awards, an Elmer Kelton Book Award, an Oklahoma Center for the Book award, and was a Western Writers of America Spur Finalist. Her book The Pinks: The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency has been optioned by NBC Universal and is currently in development to become a television series. Enss' most recent work is According to Kate: The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate Elder, Love of Doc Holliday.
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