​Sharon Stinard introduced our speaker, Vicky McLaughlin, the Executive Director of the Superstition Mountain Museum.  Vicky and her husband moved to Arizona from Alaska in 2010.  She got involved with the museum very early after they got here and, after doing lots of volunteer jobs, is now serving as the Executive Director.
​The museum got its start when a group of six individuals interested in the Lost Dutchman mine and the geology and lore of the Superstition Mountains formed a historical society in 1980.  Initially they met in homes, but then moved to rented space at Goldfield Ghost Town.  In 2003, the by now much larger group came up with a financing plan to build a museum with no city, county or state funds involved in the project.  They bought 12 1/2 acres on the Apache Trail and built a building now called the Superstition Mountain Museum.  The site features two buildings moved from Apacheland - the Elvis Presley chapel and the barn which features displays on western movies and cowboy heroes. There is a huge stamp mill which is due to start running in November.  Vicky is proud of the gift shop which she feels is as good as any she has seen.  They have a reconstructed western town with living history actors.  There are four walking trails on the site.  The views of the Superstitions from the Museum are spectacular and people like to take photos from there. The museum offers a very popular free lecture series on Thursdays at 2 PM from January through April.  You need to bring your own folding chair.  The museum is run by 200 dedicated volunteers. 
​Sharon noted in the discussion afterward that former club member Rene' Leseutre plays a key role on the Board of the museum.