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Monthly Lecture Series


The monthly Speakers’ Bureau Lectures, hosted by WMMI, are designed to inform and educate members and the general public on important subjects pertaining to the history and science of mining and industry.

Admission is always FREE to Museum members and just $5 per person for the general public. 


February Lecture

Join us for the first lecture of 2023. 

Calvin Johnson is a Retired Air Force electronic warfare officer, assigned F-111, EF-111 and F-117.  He is currently a defense contractor supporting cyber security testing of operational US missile defense.

He began panning and prospecting in south west Idaho ~1971.  Stopped while training and overseas in USAF, then began prospecting streams again in ~1983 mostly Idaho and some Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Prospecting in Colorado since ~ 2004, member of Gold Prospectors Of Colorado. 

Bring your questions and stories and learn about prospecting and panning!

Click the button below to reserve your spot. 

For more information call 719-488-0880 or email Loretta at

February 14:  Calvin Johnson "Mining High Grade Gold Ore"

March 14:  Donna Guthrie "Troubadors on Horseback"

April 11:  Ellen Fisher :TBD

May 9:  Tim Jones "Easy Hikes to the Hidden Past"

June 13:  George Papic "Cripple Creek & Victor"

July 11:  Andrea Malcomb "Molly Brown & Family"

August 8: Steve Antonuccio "Alexander Film Company"

September 12:  Exhibit Opening Lecture

October 10:  Bob Phillips "Norberg Steam Stamp"


2022 Lectures

Nov 2022:  Greg Patterson  of Fortitude Gold discussed Gold Mining

Oct 2022:  Bruce Geller presented, "A History of Colorado Gold Mining"

Sep 2022:  Bryan Kahtava opened WMMI Temporary Exhibit, "Left Behind in the Mines"

Aug 2022  Mel McFarland, " Cripple Creek Railroads including the famous Short Line"

Jul 2022:  Jack Anthony  "3 Stories of the USAFA grounds, before it was USAFA: Catheral Rock, North Gate Entrance & the Train Crash at Husted"

Jun 2022:  Brad Bowers,  "Stone and Clay - The Mining Environs of Stone City"

May 2022: Barry and Joan Currie "Ghost Towns, Mining Camps and More Off-the-Beaten-Track Adventures"

Apr 2022:  Troy Zellers  "History, current influences and future vision of the Wilfley Company"

Mar 2022: Steven Veatch  "Things left behind--An intimate time with Spencer and Julie Penrose"

Feb 2022: Blake Wilson, "Art of Harvey Otis Young" launched our temporary exhibit


2021 Lectures

March 2021:  Dr Richard Sauers "The Rehabilitation of the 1890's Reynolds Ranch Farm House"

April 2021: Mr Conrad North, "Ready, Set, Glow"  The opening of WMMI Fluorescent Mineral Exhibit

May 2021: Ms Kaitlyn McGann, "Egyptian Mining"   (To watch, click here)

June 2021:  Mr Steve Veatch, "The Story of Gilman"

July 2021:  Dr Richard Sauers, "Some of the Hidden Stories of Cripple Creek"

August 2021: "From Comstock to Caribou"

September 2021: Dr Karin Larkin, "The Archeology of the Ludlow Massacre" The opening of Temporary Exhibit

October 2021: Ms Julie Haverluk, "Fox Farming in El Paso County"

November 2021: Mr Richard O'Meara of Orica, "One Blast, One Chance for Success"

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