A focal point of HSE & CCC's mission is to promote public education and awareness relative to the mining era and its importance to Colorado history, including life in 1880-1926 St. Elmo, the mines, ore processing, and transportation. Additional emphasis on the need for good stewardship by visitors and property owners to maintain the integrity of the buildings and archaeological sites.
Examples of educational activities:
Current: Developing Historical section to HSE website
2019: Completed Interpretive Displays in the American House Hotel Parlor
2019: Held Blacksmith Demonstrations and Classes at the Pawnee Blacksmith Shop with renown blacksmiths Alf Rudd of Buena Vista and
George Bandarra and crew of Murray, Kentucky.
2017: Developed brochure with brief history of HSE & CCC owned properties
2016: Developed brochure "Enjoy Your Ride" which promotes stewardship of Canyon resources by Off Road Vehicles
4th Grade History Tours
Each fall, HSE & CCC conducts day long field trips for Chaffee County 4th grade students in St. Elmo. Students learn about Colorado and Chaffee County's history through building tours in the townsite of St. Elmo and a hike that highlights hard rock mining and railroad history in the area.
Students write thank you notes to the tour guides which highlight the most important aspects of the tour for students. Many participants, now adults, say this was one of their most educational and memorable field trips while in school. Several students have shown a keen interest in the townsite and have continued their education through special school projects and volunteerism in the townsite.