September 2014


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!

  1. 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... 


  3. 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!


Thursday, September 25 | 5:30 - 7:00pm | 

Will Rogers' Story As America's Story

Come and learn about the life and influence of Will Rogers from Will Rogers himself. Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and PILLAR for a fantastic presentation from a Will Rogers' Chautauqua. 
Reservations are required - call (719) 385-5990 or click here to RSVP.


Saturday, September 27 | 10:30 - 11:30 am 
Children's History Hour -Mr. Penrose's Carriages

(Ages 7-10)


Local benefactors Spencer and Julie Penrose collected beautiful horse drawn carriages. Hear a story about this historic form of transportation, explore our own carriages in the museum, and make your own carriage craft! Special guest Jason Campbell, Curator of the El Pomar Carriage Museum, will join us for this program! This program is appropriate for children ages 7 to 10. Photo courtesy of the Starsmore Center for Local History.  Reservations Required: (719) 385-5990  click here to RSVP.    

Saturday, September 27 | Two Sessions: 10am-12pm OR 1-3 pm

Intergenerational Tour & Workshop

(Age 8+ and Adults)

How do you intentionally connect generations in your family? Celebrate Intergeneration Month!!  Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs, and the Old North End Neighborhood for one of two FREE tours & workshops highlighting the importance of documenting and preserving the objects that help tell family stories. Each participant is asked to bring one meaningful object to the workshop. After a tour of the museum, participants will be interviewed telling the story of their object and will learn museum-quality tips on how to preserve your special object. Each participant will receive a digital file of their legacy interview and enjoy the preservation of their family object for years to come. Families are encouraged to participate as we celebrate Intergeneration Month! This workshop is recommended for ages 8+ and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Due to popularity, two session of this workshop will be offered on September 27th. Space is limited and reservations are required for these FREE and public workshops. Reserve your spot on 9/27 for either:
Every Saturday | 12 noon | WINDOWS INTO HISTORY

Hear the stories of the Pikes Peak Region and tour the fascinating exhibits of CSPM on Saturdays at noon. Volunteer docents lead 30-minute tours every Saturday. No reservations required. 


Sneak Peek Into October!

On Saturday, October 11 at 2pm, Kathy Honea will join us for the Pikes Peak Regional History Lecture Series:  Van Briggle By The Numbers.  Ms. Honea is the author of Van Briggle Notes which will be available for the discounted price of $75 in the Museum Store the day of the event. Make plans to get your personal copy signed after her compelling lecture in the Van Briggle From Paris to the Plains exhibit.



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DID YOU KNOW: If you have given over $30 to the Museum within the past year, you are a Member?

Members of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum receive great benefits like: 

  • Monthly event postcards
  • Invitations to members-only receptions
  • Museum Store discounts
  • Free programs and lectures
  • AND for Contributing Members paid parking, special tours, and reduced facility rental rates!



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