Hal Compton is a board member, donor, museum docent, office assistant, and scholar of Park City history. His interest for history started in California with the mining regions. When Hal moved to Park City he began hiking to mine sites and started his Historic Hikes program. Every summer he leads groups on tours to Park City's mines, he also leads walking tours of Park City's Main Street. When he cannot lead hiking tours he takes skiers on historic tours of the mining structures.
Hal has written a weekly newspaper column "The Way We Were" in the Park Record newspaper since 1998. Every Spring he gives slide presentations on Park City's history as part of Park City Historical Society's Brown Bag Lecture Series.
Hal also is the President of the Park City's Glenwood Cemetery Association. Each year he leads Halloween at Glenwood, developing new characters accurately based on historic research that he has done at the archives on the
people that are portrayed.
The Park City Historical Society and Museum along with the residents of Park City have come to rely on Hal in all of his capacities. His efforts in Park City have enhanced the community for both residents and visitors, and Hal's efforts exemplify grass roots involvement in an organization.