T h e  M u s e l e t t e r


November 2014 

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
IGNITE Your Curiosity. DISCOVER Your Story. 
A Message From Our Curator!

In our ongoing efforts to measure the effectiveness of our exhibits and programs, museum staff frequently read comments in our guest register and check the online reviews of various social media sites. The results are fascinating and a great barometer of our impact on visitors and locals alike. As a staff we strive to use artifacts and stories to present exhibits on a diverse range of subjects, time periods, and perspectives.  After checking our files, we confirmed that:


In the past five years from 2010-2014, the Museum has presented 29 new exhibits. This number was astounding even to us!  


Many of the comments from recent guests reflect the near constant change and fresh approach we have taken to share the history of the Pikes Peak Region. A Colorado Springs resident noted,


"This place is an amazing contribution to the city. I love the fact that there is no admission fee which keeps those artifacts accessible to all."


Visitors from California recently commented,


"An amazing place to visit. I highly recommend spending the day there, there is so much to see and do. Interactive exhibits like photography and the old courtroom really take you back in time. History buffs will most certainly appreciate the dedication and detail on African Americans and Native Americans for the time period. Also, check out the firefighting exhibit for more recent events."


And there is much more to come! In 2015 the Museum will be opening exhibits on the topics of: tuberculosis, a touch-screen interactive exhibit on Helen Hunt Jackson, the history of the UCCS campus on their 50th anniversary, and a complete revamped, reimagined and remodeled exhibit on our unique health history titled, "City of Sunshine." Additionally, we are always looking for ways to refresh current exhibits to provide the optimal visitor experience.


Please tell us what you think - your opinion matters and we would love to hear from you!


Leah Davis Witherow 

Curator of History

Pikes Peak Regional History Lecture

Saturday, November 8 | 2:00 - 3:00

El Pomar Foundation Penrose Heritage Museum


Jason Campbell, El Pomar Carriage Museum Curator, will share fascinating stories of the Penrose Heritage Museum's extensive collection and the legacy of benefactor Spencer Penrose. The Museum features 31 horse-drawn carriages and 13 motorized vehicles, including Mrs. Penrose's 1928 Cadillac limousine. Among the exhibits are two presidential carriages, including an 1841 Williamsburg Brougham used for the inauguration ceremony of William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the Unites States. The museum also recently expanded to tell the story of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. 


Reservations Required
$5 Suggested Donation

Free for Members


Children's History Hours

Wednesday, November 19 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Ages 2-6

Saturday, November 29 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Ages 7-10

Mary Walker Wears The Pants


Learn the true story of Mary Edwards Walker: Doctor, Reformer and Civil War Hero! Children will also explore two museum exhibits to learn more about the history of doctors in Colorado Springs and another Civil War Hero,  General William Jackson Palmer! Did you know General Palmer was the founder of Colorao Springs?


Reservations Required

$2 Suggested Donation per Child

Free for Members

ART-ifacts & Crafts Series

Saturday, November 29 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm | All Ages

Decoupage Boxes



Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for our new craft workshop series! Get inspiration from rarely-seen objects in the museum's collection to create your own crafts! Each two hour workshop features a fascinating discussion of museum artifacts, a craft lesson from a trained instructor, supplies and guidance as your create your own project to take home. Just in time for the holidays, we'll kick off the series making unique decoupage boxes - a great way to wrap those holiday gifts! Recommended for ages 8+, participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Reservations Required

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 $15 ($10 for Members) 

Includes instruction, supplies, & light refreshments

30th Annual Trees of Light Ceremony

Saturday, November 22 | 5:00 pm | CSPM South Lawn

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care


We invite the entire community to join Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care in remembering those we love and those we have lost. Each of the Trees of Life is covered in lights, and behind every light is a story of a loved one who shines on in our memories. Loved ones' names provided at the event will be read in remembrance. Numerous trees will be illuminated with white lights to honor loved ones. The ceremony will also pay tribute to our military and local community protectors as we illuminate a special red, white, and blue tree in their honor. Enjoy local musical talents and complimentary refreshments as we honor loved ones and celebrate community spirit.


As Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care reflects on more than 34 years of service to - and partnership with - our community, we celebrate three decades of amazing work and offer a profound "thank-you" to everyone involved.  We look forward, and renew our commitment and promise of care to our community for many more decades. Complimentary parking at Plaza at the Rockies.


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Festival of Lights Family Fun Day

Saturday, December 6 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | All Ages


Children's Holiday Magic is New & Improved!  Join us for the annual holiday celebration, now called Festival of Lights Family Fun Day.  Enjoy a full performance schedule, a step back in time with a Victorian Christmas stories and activities, slim rail model trains, a tour of family friendly holiday ornament crafts, music, entertainment and activities led by a variety of community organizations. Don't miss this special tradition that's brought magic to the Pikes Peak region for over 20 years!


Reservations Required

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 Free Family Festival

Get Involved in History!
History in Action
History Mystery?

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More Upcoming Events


Bent's Old Fort

Historical Bus Tour

Native American Heritage Day

November 8 |  12pm - 11pm

Book your tickets Here


 Festival Of Lights

Family Fun Day

December 6 | 10am - 2pm


History Cart Guide Training

January 13-16, 2015

Calling All Volunteers!



Consider donating your time and love for history by becoming a volunteer at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum!  Learn more about our volunteer options at the upcoming information session.  

We are currently looking for volunteer support as: 


- History Cart Guides

- Front Desk Volunteers

- Museum Store Volunteers

- Saturday Tour Docents 


Volunteer Information Session

November 12 | 3-4:30pm

 RSVP Here

Benefits of Time Travel!


  Being a member of CSPM now includes benefits at history museums around the country! Time Travelers is a free reciprocal membership network for historical sites and museums throughout the United States. It includes over 250 organizations in more than 40 states. CSPM Members now receive a variety of exclusive benefits and privileges at these institutions, such as free admission, gift shop discounts, and much, much more. Simply join CSPM as a member and show your card to receive Time Traveler benefits. 

Click here to see a list of affiliated Time Travelers institutions 



The Corner Store

On Sale!



Check out the original sketches of familiar scenes in and around Colorado Springs by Urban Sketchers Artists.
Sketches from the area include the Horticulture Garden, life around the Boulder Street Gallery, the Acacia Park Bandstand, and many downtown buildings. This artwork has been donated for purchase in the museum store and isreasonably priced at $25 each.  One hundred percent of sales will support the mission of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

For more information, contact the Museum Store Manager, Carol Denning or drop in the Museum Store to see the collection available!




Did you solve the

History Mystery?


It's a Pantoscope

CA. 1900

Gift to the Collection

at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum by Virginia and Arthur Church



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IGNITE your curiosity.  DISCOVER your story. 
November Holiday Closures
Veterans Day - November 11
Thanksgiving - November 27 & 28  

215 S. Tejon Street | Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Free Admission | Open Tuesday - Saturday | 10am - 5pm | www.CSPM.org
To build a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region
by preserving and sharing our cultural history.