Explore our New Exhibit: Women at Historic Colorado Mining SitesSeptember 22, 2019
Be sure to catch a new exhibit on women in mining, in Leadville, Colorado. “Human Imprint: Women at Historic Colorado Mining Sites” opens Sept. 30, 2019, at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
This exhibit explores the role of women at Colorado mining towns at the turn of the 19th century. Like prospectors, women were trying to forge better lives for themselves and their families in rough and remote mining towns. Yet we know little about these women’s lives. Aside from their role as prostitutes, they were invisible. Artist Sarah Gjertson hopes that her work will start a dialogue around the invisibility of women in the American West.
“I am not interested in the ‘gold rush’ aspect of these sites but am compelled by the human imprint that remains there,” said Gjertson. She mentions the evidence of ingenuity, curious artifacts, skeletons of architectural structures, and evidence of the hand. “This lineage of the handmade is exciting to me as an artist and maker, exploring the histories of these sites and the people who inhabited them through prints, sculptures, photographs and…objects.”
To create this art, Gjertson researched and visited historic town sites and mining operations throughout Colorado. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 28, 2020. Plan your visit today!