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This week, the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation announced that it is seeking two additional members, and a youth liaison, for its board of directors for terms starting in 2023.

The foundation also announced that Aaron Roth has joined its board of directors. Roth is currently the Associate Regional Director for the National Park Service (NPS) focused on infrastructure management for 84 national park units across an eight-state area that stretches from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. Roth and his team enable the historic landscapes of national parks to serve new and more numerous generations of visitors.

Roth’s love of biking, skiing, fixing old houses and ancient cars, and resurrecting camping trailers have made Leadville his favorite place.

Tabor Opera House reopens tours. Image by Craig Hensel

New Board Members and Youth Liaison

The foundation has two open seats on the board for persons who will join in the work of revitalizing the historic Tabor Opera House and creating a community hub for culture and the arts in historic Leadville, Colorado. The youth liaison is a non-voting board position, open to youth aged 16-24. Terms for all three seats will begin in 2023.

The board of directors supports the foundation’s work and provides mission-based leadership, strategic governance, and fundraising. The foundation’s executive director and a small building facilities staff lead day-to-day operations. The board meets monthly, and specialized committees hold monthly work sessions.

Board members will join to achieve these current priorities:

  • Save the Tabor (deemed a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation) through a major building rehabilitation.
  • Preserve the Tabor’s historic stage scenery.
  • Enable live performances and tours.
  • Support Leadville’s economy and diverse culture.

Ideal board candidates will have prior experience with overseeing nonprofit organizations; an aptitude for effective fundraising; experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion; a mindset for collaborative decision-making; and a passion for history and the performing arts. The foundation is especially seeking applicants with legal, fundraising, and community engagement backgrounds. Youth Liaison candidates will have a desire to build leadership skills and help broader engagement of local youth in achieving the mission of the foundation.

The foundation believes that the membership of its board should reflect the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of the Leadville community. Applicants are encouraged to highlight aspects of their life experience and skill sets that would help the board make stronger connections to underrepresented sectors of the community, especially Spanish-speaking and Latino neighbors.

For more information, or to submit a letter of interest, please visit or email

Featured image: Tabor Opera House exterior at night, Craig Hensel photo

About the Tabor Opera House

Newcomers to the central Colorado Rockies may not know that mining magnate Horace (H.A.W.) Tabor built the opera house in 1879 in just 100 days in one of the West’s rowdiest silver boomtowns. Today, in a town with no community center, no movie theater, and no formal performance spaces, the Tabor Opera House remains a much-needed cultural and community center. The building has been deemed a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has been endangered by nearly a century and a half of long winters in North America’s highest-elevation city. A multi-year, $15 million rehabilitation is now underway.