National Mining Hall of Fame announces Class of 2020

May 12, 2020

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) announced that five new members have been elected to the National Mining Hall of Fame. Selected by the National Mining Hall of Fame's Board of Governors from a pool of outstanding nominations, this year's inductees were chosen for groundbreaking work in biohydrometallurgy, economic geology, mine development, social responsibility and sustainability initiatives, as well as unparalleled skill in creating shareholder value.

The 2020 Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award, named for renowned mining artist Gary Prazen, will be presented as well. This award recognizes an individual or organization for significant and sustained commitment to educating the public about the relationship of mining to our everyday lives through educational materials, innovative programming, and outreach.

The 33rd Annual National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held Oct. 24, 2020, in Denver, CO at the Marriott Denver South at Park Meadows.

This year, the following individuals will be honored with this prestigious lifetime achievement award: Alberto Benavides, Dr. Roshan Bhappu, Hugh Evans, Raymond Threlkeld, and Dr. Spencer Titley. The Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award will be presented to the Minerals Education Coalition.

David Brown, president of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, stated, "We are pleased to honor those selected for induction this year into the National Mining Hall of Fame. Their contributions to the mining industry are immense. This year’s honorees are educators, inventors, geoscientists and astrogeologists and each has established prominence in the discovery and mining of metals and industrial minerals around the globe and beyond. In their own unique way, each has brought a significant contribution to our great industry. We are also delighted to honor The Minerals Education Coalition with the Prazen Award recognizing their outstanding efforts in providing education materials to our schools and promoting public understanding of the critical importance that mining of raw materials has in everyone’s lives and wellbeing. Please join us on October 24, 2020, to honor these individuals that have advanced the industry passion and dedication to their work.”

Since 1987, the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Leadville, CO has been our nation's monument to the men and women who champion the discovery, development, and processing of our nation's natural resources, as well as a national institution educating the public about the undeniable relationship of mining to our daily lives. For event details, tickets or sponsorship opportunities visit www.MiningHallOfFame.org or reach out to Amber Johnson, Events Manager, at Amber@MiningHallofFame.org or (719) 486-1229.

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