Historian V. Larry Frank will read from his newest book in Leadville

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is the granddaddy of Leadville’s surprisingly large museum scene. Featuring traveling exhibits and hosting events all year long, the mining museum brings the history of Colorado’s integral industry into close contact with visitors with visual and tactile displays.
At 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, the museum will host a book launch event for V. Larry Frank Jr.’s new non-fiction book, Colorado’s Great Depression Gold Rush: The Oliver Twist Tunnel.
The book is a historian’s perspective, in words and pictures, on the Oliver Twist Tunnel, a gold mine atop Mosquito Pass reopened in desperation in 1931 during the Great Depression by George and Robert Elder. The two men fought the physical demands of bringing a mine back from the dead, the economic impact of the Depression and strict legislation that aimed to reel in the value of the tangible commodity.
Frank will present his book in a reception setting, meeting with visitors and answering questions. It’s a great opportunity for mining buffs to have an informed discussion or for students interested in the history of mining to learn more about its gritty workings in the Depression era.
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 120 W. Ninth St. in Leadville. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Place one by contacting Educational Programming and Event Coordinator Margaret Spiegel at margaret@mininghalloffame.org or 719-486-1229, ext. 10. Learn more about the museum, current exhibits and upcoming events at www.mininghalloffame.org.