Victor Lowell Thomas Museum

The Victor Improvement Association, Inc., is the 501(c)3 non-profit corporate entity whose purpose is to own and operate the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. The museum's mission is to conserve, collect, research, and interpret the history of Victor and the surrounding Mining District.

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Historic Walking Tours

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Parents
Teachers
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Guided walking tours of historic downtown Victor are held most Saturdays in the summer. See victorcolorado.com for details.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year was our first year offering these events - they were popular over our Gold Rush Days event in July.

Stories at the Strong

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
General Public

Description

A day of mining tales, legends by old timers from the mining district.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year we had a great event with 50 attendees. This year a donor provided $1000 to ensure we continue to offer the event.

Cemetery Tours

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

We sponsor every May a tour of our historical cemetery to highlight the lesser known pioneers who were part of the gold rush.
Also summer Saturday tours.

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Evidence of Program's Success

See above

Gold Panning

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
General Public
General Public/Unspecified

Description

During the summer months we teach and demonstrate gold panning in our outdoor trough. We hope to give kids of all ages a taste of what it was like to prospect Colorado gold in the 1890s. This program has been very successful.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increased numbers in visitors, especially youth, who come to pan and also tour the museum.

CC&V Mine Tours

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
General Public
General Public/Unspecified

Description

We offer tours of the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine operations, the largest gold mine in Colorado. All tours are geared toward educating the visitor about our modern day gold mining and how it developed from the historic gold mining that put Victor on the map. Tours are held in the summer months daily except Thursdays. This is a partnership with the mining company, which provides vans, drivers and all proceeds go to the museum to help offset operational costs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

More and more people are interested in gold mining and the tours have developed an interest in people visiting Victor to take the tours and then spending more time here at other businesses; we also have several repeat tour-goers throughout the summer and several who come back year to year.

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