Welcome to InterGeneration Month!
"My experiences clearly showed that the intergenerational transfer of values is much more important than money. I began to wonder how you transfer values between generations. Out of that came Intergeneration Month."
- Sandy Kraemer, Founder of the Fountain Institute
Community philanthropist and attorney, Mr. Sandy Kraemer, had a vision. In his Colorado Springs law practice he focused on estate planning and estate administration and realized the great importance of having a better understanding of intergenerational issues. As a result of his vision, he formed the Fountain Institute in 1987 and set aside a time each year to focus on intentionally connecting generations to better communicate age-related gratitude and needs.
In the year 2000, Fountain Institute changed its name to "Intergeneration Foundation" and launched "Intergeneration Day" worldwide. The need to annually set aside a time to intentionally connect generations became clear. In 2012, the Intergeneration Foundation experimented with expanding Intergeneration Day to Intergeneration Month to increase the time for planning and staging "IG Events." The response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Among the many celebrations of Intergeneration Month happening this September throughout the United States and worldwide, we at The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum encourage you to think 'How do you intentionally connect generations in your family?'
Here are a few easy ways you can celebrate InterGeneration Month!
- Learn How To Preserve The objects That Help Tell Your Family Story. Saturday, September 27.
Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs, and the Old North End Neighborhood for one of two tours and workshops highlighting the importance of documenting and preserving the objects that help tell our family stories. Read More Here...
- Submit a Story
Everyone in the Pikes Peak Region, CO, USA is invited to enter the 2014 Intergeneration Storytelling Contest and win cash prizes. Read more here...:
Lights Camera Action!
C-SPAN visits CSPM for the American Cities Project
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the history of the Pikes Peak Region will soon be featured on C-SPAN's Cities Tour through AmericanHistoryTV and Book TV (see more about the project here...).
"There's everything from western exploration with Zebulon Pike to the settlement of the West and the vision for Colorado Springs that Palmer had, to our community's enduring connection to health and wellness," said Matt Mayberry, Museum Director. "Actually, we had to cut down the stories we talked about because there just wasn't time." Programming will air on Book TV/C-SPAN2 and American History TV/C-SPAN3 on November 1-2.
Happy Birthday General William Jackson Palmer!
William Jackson Palmer was born in Delaware on September 17, 1836 and went on to become the founder of Colorado Springs in 1871.
There's nothing like sharing a birthday with some of your best friends! Here he is enjoying the day with his Great Danes (c. 1900). General Palmer Loved Animals!