Press Release

Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin in Leadville Welcomes New Director

Hannah Cary brings a lifetime connection to the High Country and passion for local history to Healy House

LEADVILLE — June 20, 2024 — History Colorado is excited to announce the hiring of a new director for the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin: Hannah Cary. Cary was selected as the director of the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin for her deep connection to the local community as a lifelong resident of Leadville, as well as her passion for history and appreciation for the unique stories and cultures of Colorado’s High Country.

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“Hannah’s strong roots in the community of Leadville makes her an incredible addition to the team at History Colorado and the perfect person to help reinvigorate the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin,” said Eric Carpio, chief community museum officer & director of Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center. “In addition to her connection to the community, it was apparent during our extensive hiring process that Hannah has a lot of innovative ideas on how to reach locals and tourists alike through new events, activities, and future exhibitions.”

Cary’s previous work experience includes being a docent at the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin, and serving the Herald Democrat as office manager, copy editor, and staff historian, where she helped research and produce the long-running “Cloud City Chronicles” column, which reprints old happenings from the region.

“I'm incredibly proud of the part I've been able to play as a steward of Lake County's unique history through my work with History Colorado and the Herald Democrat,” Cary said. “I love being able to highlight lesser-known stories from Leadville and Twin Lakes' past and use them to connect with people from all walks of life.”

Cary is excited to continue her professional journey at History Colorado and to lend her expertise as a lifelong Leadville resident to telling the history of Lake County and beyond.

“I love history, and I love being able to share it with the public,” Cary said. “From science, language, entertainment, art, medicine, even the history of how we keep and tell our history, there's always some new aspect to discover, and I am so excited to be joining History Colorado's effort to preserve the legacies of the past so we can build a brighter future.”

The Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin are currently open to the public Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition to highlighting the historic and scenic treasures of the storied mining town of Leadville, the Healy House Museum is currently exhibiting Unearthed: Voices of Leadville's Shanty Irish

Unearthed: Voices of Leadville’s Shanty Irish traces Leadville’s growth into one of the most important Irish immigrant communities in the United States and explores the persistence of first and second generation immigrant laborers as they struggled for a dignified existence. Created in collaboration with Dr. James Walsh, historian and professor in the Political Science department at the University of Colorado Denver, Unearthed sparks conversations about labor rights, discrimination, and the systemic poverty experienced by immigrants to this day. 

Access to Unearthed: Voices of Leadville’s Shanty Irish is included with general admission to Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin ($10) or with an exhibition only ticket ($3), both of which can be purchased in-person at the museum.

About the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin
Built in 1878, the Healy House looks out over historic and scenic treasures of the storied mining town of Leadville. The grounds also include a historic garden with gazebo, and the historic Dexter Cabin built in 1879. The Healy House & Dexter Cabin is a community museum of History Colorado.

The museum is located at 912 Harrison Avenue, Leadville and is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visit or call 719-486-0487 for more information.

About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 145-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation which provides technical assistance, educational opportunities, and other access to archaeology and historic preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation programs of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state. Additionally, the offices of the State Archaeologist and the State Historic Preservation Officer are part of History Colorado. 

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and 10 other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information. #HistoryColorado