Miners’ Days in Nederland moving to September

Nederland Area Historical Society

PRESS RELEASE – The decision has been made. Miners’ Days 2013, sponsored by the Nederland Area Historical Society, will move from July 27, 28 to September 21, and 22. After much soul searching and debate, the decision was made at a special trustees’ meeting on Wednesday, June 19. Several factors played into the decision.

When the event was first conceived years ago, it was held at the end of the summer as a celebration of the hard rock mining industry and the sturdy people who founded the Town of Nederland. In more recent years the focus shifted to reach out to the tourist industry. In doing so, the major portion of Nederland’s history faded away and the event lost its historic viability. It also gave up its fiscal responsibility, going into deficit the past few years, due in part to the condition of the economy. As a 501c3 corporation the Nederland Area Historical Society must maintain fiscal responsibility.

Event coordinator, Danielle Laramie and committee members Tom Hendricks, Emmit Hoyle, and Dan Martin heartily recommended to the trustees that the event be returned to its original date and format as a living history, town heritage event to be enjoyed during color season by local residents and especially school children who will be home from summer vacations. The change of date also would relieve the congested summer mining competition schedule, enabling more competitors to come to Nederland for the contest.

The event would  be restored to a living history event incorporating historical games, exhibits, and demonstrations stressing the national heritage and environmental evolution of the mining industry. It would provide an opportunity to share Nederland’s past with the many new residents calling the town home. Such an event better fills the stated mission of the Historical Society. The trustees quickly saw the wisdom in the recommendation.

Last fall, the sale of the Nederland Mining Museum to Boulder County Parks and Open Space, improved our sagging financial condition and enabled the Society to continue to “collect, preserve, and exhibit documents, artifacts, and other records of area history for the education and enjoyment of the public.”

Miners’ Days in its new format is one of the first events demonstrating our partnership with Boulder County Parks and Open Space. The Assay Office at Wall Street, the Nederland Mining Museum, and Nederland’s Gillaspie House which NAHS manages, will be open during the Miners’ Days celebration.

The Society recognizes that our late date change for Miners’ Days may pose a problem for other community organizations. NAHS encourages you to keep your original plans for the weekend of July 27 and 28. We encourage folks to frequent the Nederland Area Seniors pancake breakfast, the Old Timers’ Association Annual Reunion, the Nederland Library Annual Book Sale, and the CWS Annual Bazaar at the Presbyterian Church.

Remember that change is a part of history.

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