Date(s) - 06/12/2021
12:00 am

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

The combined efforts of several groups are resulting in a visit by celebrated western author Chris Enss to Colorado’s mountain communities June 11th-12th. Chris Enss is a New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about women of the Old West for more than twenty years. She has penned more than forty published books on the subject. Her work has been honored with five Will Rogers Medallion Awards, an Elmer Kelton Book Award, an Oklahoma Center for the Book Award, and was a Western Writers of America Spur Finalist. Chris’ most recent work is According to Kate: The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate Elder, Love of Doc Holliday. Her new book, soon to be released is The Widowed Ones, a new perspective on the widow of General George Armstrong Custer.

As President of Western Writers of America, Enss is currently involved in the group’s Packing the West educational program designed for second through sixth grade students. “We want to introduce kids to books about the American West and teach them about the history of the frontier,” Enss explained.

Joining Chris in this visit is award winning western author Phil Mills, Jr. who serves as Vice President for Wester Writers of America. His books include three historical novels set in 1800s Wyoming and six children’s books. His Wyoming series includes Where a Good Wind Blows, Where the Wildflowers Dance and most recently, Where Cold the Waters Run. Where a Good Wind Blows was a Spur Finalist Award for Best 2010 Western Audio book from the Western Writers of America.

On Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Chris and Phil will appear at the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum (NMHFM) at 120 W 9th Street, in Leadville. The NMHFM is a nationally chartered museum focused on the past, present and future of American mining. While visiting the museum, Chris will talk with the audience about the historical characters she has researched, and the many stories she has written over the years about some of the West’s most intriguing historical figures. There is no charge to attend this appearance, but the museum asks that you call to give them a head count by June 7, 2021 at 719-486-1229.

Immediately following their NMHFM visit, the writers will cross the street to the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin at 912 Harrison Avenue for a reception and book signing session. The Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin offer tours of these amazing examples of Victorian architecture, along with a discussion of Leadville history. There is no cost to attend the Healy House reception, but admission fees will be charged for those wanting to take a tour. Please reserve a tour spot ahead of time by calling 719-486-0487.

During the authors’ Lake County visit, they will be lodging and dining at the Twin Lakes Inn. If you would like to join them for dinner, please call to make reservations at 719-486-7965.

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