Mining museum presents first Miner’s Ball in Leadville |

Mining museum presents first Miner’s Ball in Leadville

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual wine tasting, which has been raising money for the museum for 13 years, just got better. The Leadville event now includes a three-course catered dinner by Tennessee Pass Caf, a show depicting Baby Doe and Abe Lee, a Victorian style dance and modern dancing to the tunes of Shadow Mountain String Band.The Miner’s Ball celebrates the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Leadville, so organizers thought it’d be fun for guests to don their best Victorian and mining threads and re-experience a bit of the Old West.The wine tasting event historically raised about $7,000 annually, with an attendance of approximately 300-350. This year, the ball, as well as a banquet in September, will help fund a new lunar exhibit -complete with an animation of how the space shuttle took off and landed on the moon and how astronauts acquired a moon rock, which the Leadville museum is obtaining from NASA. Lynn Webster, office manager at the museum, estimates the new exhibit will cost about $200,000 to install and will be completed in May, 2011. The other exhibit the museum is collecting money for is an oil and gas display, in order to teach people more about how it’s extracted and how it helps. She plans to open that exhibit in the summer of 2011.The dinner will be modeled after the Victorian ages, when people couldn’t just run to the grocery store to get whatever they wanted but rather relied more on nature to provide. Guests can choose from a main course of venison stew, elk roast, buffalo meat loaf, salmon or a vegetarian platter when they make reservations.

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