Cripple Creek District Museum Hires New Director

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Cripple Creek District Museum (CCDM) board president John Sharpe announced last week the hiring of Kathy Reynolds as the new director. Reynolds sports a BA from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs where she majored in arts, museum studies and history, and has done stints with several prestigious museums in the ar

ea. “We’re excited to find someone of her background and experience to help us move to the next level of excellence,” said Sharpe. “When I saw her resume, which includes experience at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the famous Rosemount Museum in Pueblo, I couldn’t wait to initiate the interview process.

The fact that Kathy and her husband Jim were in the process of moving to a Cripple Creek home they bought some time back made this seem like a wonderful opportunity. Maybe the museum founders were looking down on us from above and knew we needed help,” he added with a smile. Reynolds’ first challenge will be to organize and manage the museum’s participation in the city of Cripple Creek’s Gold Camp Christmas on December 8 and 9. Preliminary plans include a Christmas Village in the Jeff Miller Park next to the Trading and Transfer Building, a float for the parade and an early-day Santa.

The new director will oversee management of two Colorado State Historic Preservation Grants that will assess the physical condition of the Midland Terminal Depot and Trading and Transfer building. “These two grants are the groundwork for other grants that will allow us to bring the exhibits and facilities up to the level today’s visitor expects,” said Sharpe.

When asked about her plans for the CCDM, Reynolds said, “One of my first concerns is to update the Friends of the Museum program with an emphasis on showing our appreciation for their support. It would be difficult to survive without the help of these wonderful people who share our appreciation for the history of the District. I expect to offer several programs in 2013 that will benefit the Friends and our museum.”

Reynolds will spend the next few months familiarizing herself with the artifacts, and ephemera on display and in the archives as well as improving systems for accepting and accessioning donations. Other duties will include planning and organizing programs for marketing, research, communications and museum operations.

The museum is open weekends 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout the winter. “We are offering free admission to everything but the Depot which is closed for the winter while the building assessment and anticipated repairs are conducted,” Sharpe announced. The museum can be contacted at 719.689.9540 or email director@cripplecreekmuseum.com.