Under the auspices of this 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, which is incorporated in Nevada, the preservation of the history of Midas and the Gold Circle Mining District in which the town is located has benefited greatly from the enthusiastic efforts of hundreds of volunteers. For the first years of its existence, Friends of Midas (FOM) relied on donations of items, time, and cash. Additional funds were also earned from recycling aluminum cans (Midas has always had a lot of beer drinkers!), selling copies of Forward with Enthusiasm (currently out of print), and raffling prizes at community events. Currently, the organization’s primary funding sources are the many individuals and families who purchase annual or lifetime memberships in Friends of Midas. Contributions are always welcome and may be tax deductible.
Many individuals and businesses have contributed hundreds of wonderful historic artifacts to Friends of Midas.
Some items were unfortunately lost when the Midas School burned in 2005, but many more, including photographs and letters of Midas memories, were not. Additional items have been donated, and FOM continues to compile a deep collection of archival material related to the development of this town and the surrounding mining district. Of particular interest, at this point, are photographs and memories of Midas in the 1950s and 1960s. If you would like to share yours, please contact Dana Bennett at FriendsofMidas@gmail.com. If you are looking for someone or something related to the history of Midas or the Gold Circle Mining District, Dana is also your best contact.
In 2007, FOM published A Century of Enthusiasm to commemorate the first 100 years of Midas, and proceeds from the sale of this book benefit FOM. The organization continues to gratefully accept all donations and welcomes new and renewing memberships.