Museum Celebrates First Season of Heat In Over 50 Years
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum has a heating system for the first time in over 50 years. The new heating system has been installed and has been keeping the museum warm and allowing the museum to open more hours later in the season.
To celebrate the completion of this $170,000 project, the museum board is inviting everyone to visit, shop and tour the museum in comfort Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is free and there will be hot cocoa, cookies and other goodies as well as plenty of unique gift ideas for the holiday.
This event is a chance to visit with staff and board members, tour the museum at no charge, and learn about our plans for the new Hunter Mining History Library project scheduled for 2017.
The heating system and required engineering and architectural plans were funded by the El Pomar Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, Anschutz Family Foundation, Colorado State Historic Fund, CC&V Gold Mining Company, private donations, your support of the CC&V Mine tours, our gift shop, and gold panning, as well as generous in-kind donations from the City of Victor and Colorado Natural Gas.
For more information about the museum or to become a member, visit VictorColorado.com or call 719-689-5509; the museum is open every weekend from 10-5 until Christmas.
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Victor Lowell Thomas Museum Hosts Book Signing for Local Author
The shady side of history has been the focus of research for Victor author Jan MacKell Collins. Collins has just published a third book on the subject of red light districts in the West. The books put a human face on the hidden histories of prostitutes and the shady side of mining camps.
Collins’s latest book, Wild Women of Prescott, Arizona, tells the stories of shady ladies in the uncivilized territory of Arizona. Prostitution was a wide spread business in the West and often, as Collins found out in researching her latest book, some of the same paths crossed over into more than one camp. One such case was Lida Winchell, whose real name was Eliza Jane Crumley. Cripple Creek District historians will recognize the last name from the story about the shooting of mining mogul Sam Strong in the Newport Saloon on Bennett Avenue. As Collins found out, Lida is the niece of Grant Crumley who shot Strong in a gambling argument in 1901.
Both Victor and Cripple Creek had active Red Light Districts in the gold rush days and Collins has captured several of the true stories of those who conducted business in the brothels and cribs.
Book By Ed & Cherry Hunter Mining History Book Released
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum celebrated the release of a new book by local mining historian Ed Hunter and his artist wife Cherry on Friday, Aug. 23. The new book features the mining history art of Cherry Hunter and Ed’s descriptions.
The book release reception was held at the VLT Museum with Liz Hunter-Ball and Kim Sailor-Hunter and many friends attending.
Reservations for the book are available... Click here for details.
Reservations may be made online at VictorColorado.com or by leaving a message at 719-689-4211 or starting May 27 at 719-689-5509. The maximum on each tour is 13. The best way to reserve a mine tour is online at VictorColorado.com – online reservations receive first priority.
In addition to the mine tours, you can step back in time and pan for gold at the museum. Panning is included in this year’s admission prices and is a great way to spend an hour in cool, sunny Victor this summer.