Explore the past, present and future of the mining museum

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Everything has a history and a future including the Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

On July 18 the public is invited to learn all about it when the Palmer Lake Historical Society will present “The Western Museum of Mining and Industry: Past, Present and Future.” Rick Sauers, executive director of WMMI, will present a slide show and walk through the history of the museum until now and talk about plans for the future.

The museum is located on a 27 acre parcel and Sauers said they are about to embark on major fundraising to add on to the museum. They also have plans to renovate the old farm house and will need to stabilize the foundation before it is open to the public.

“Eventually we would like to make it into a community center,” Sauers said.

Many people don't know that the museum owns another 20 acres east of their current location at Interstate 25 and Northgate Boulevard. The 20 acres is located off Voyager Parkway and housed the original museum. It is used now for archives and other equipment. Sauers said during the Black Forest Fire everything in the original building had to be moved out when that area had to be evacuated. They received help from the Pioneer Museum and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Sauer said he will talk about that during his presentation.

The long-term plan is to add a library on to the main museum to hold the archives.

“By the time I retire it will be one of the best museums in the country,” Sauers added.

Sauers said over the next few years they will eventually downsize the items in the warehouse and bring some back to the museum and give some items to other museums. The 20 acres will be sold.

The presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. July 18 at town hall in Palmer Lake which is located at 28 Valley Crescent. It is free to the public and refreshments will be served.

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