T h e  M u s e l e t t e r


December 2014 

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
IGNITE Your Curiosity. DISCOVER Your Story. 


Museum Celebrate's Matt Mayberry's 20 Years of Servce


Stetson hats, bolo ties, boots and the music of Grass It Up filled the grand lobby of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum for an Anniversary Hoedown on November 15th as the community celebrated 20 years of service of Museum Director, Matt Mayberry.



About 150 guests, including museum members, volunteers, community leaders and elected officials, braved the cold to celebrate the westward journey Mr. Mayberry made years ago with aspirations of becoming a pioneer of regional history. Longtime colleagues and friends, including Councilwoman Jan Martin, Museum Curator Leah Witherow, and Kim King from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services joined in the celebration.


One highlight of the evening was a serenade by The Colorado Springs Conservatory's Linda Weise and students, one of which included Mayberry's oldest daughter. They toasted Mr. Mayberry's dedication and passion for the history of our community through storytelling, music and a poignant sing-along to America The Beautiful.


Another highlight was when State Senator Bernie Herpin presented Matt with a special recognition from the Colorado State Senate for his "commitment to preserving the history and culture of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region in the belief that history is relevant to all times and inspires and strengthens each succeeding generation."


Representing the City of Colorado Springs was councilwoman, Jan Martin. She said, "Matt is now our community historian. Our community is so lucky to have him! Matt told me once that artifacts aren't considered museum quality until they are at least 50 years old. I hope he's still here for the 50 year mark!"


Matt started with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as the Public Programs Coordinator in 1994 and has served as the institution's Director for the past 12 years. In 2001, Mayberry became the Cultural Services Manager for the City of Colorado Springs overseeing the museum, the living history programs at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, interpretive programs at Garden of the Gods Park, and two nature centers located in North Cheyenne Canon.


"I've got the best job in the world.  It is a privilege and honor to serve the community, along with a fantastic staff, board and volunteers, to preserve the unique and compelling history of the Pikes Peak Region," said Mayberry. 


Under Mr. Mayberry's leadership, recent growth at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has far surpassed museum industry trends that show declining donations and visitation nationwide - not at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Mayberry has led the Museum toward impressive growth including the development of a new nonprofit board of directors, overhaul of 75% of the Museum's exhibits in the past four years, an extensive exterior renovation project on the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, and growth in both private fundraising income and visitation. This fall he was presented with the Downtown Star Award by the Downtown Partnership for his valued contributions to the downtown community and was also the community's featured historian in the 2014 C-SPAN Tour or Colorado Springs.


View the photo album here.

A Message From Our Curator!


We have some exciting news! The CSPM Exhibits Team is eager to begin renovating and reinterpreting one of the Museum's most popular permanent exhibits and one of our Colorado's most important stories - the history of health in the Pikes Peak Region.


Nursing Staff at Modern Woodmen Sanatorium (c. 1916)

To do this important work, the Museum's current medical exhibit will close on January 1, 2015 for refurbishment. However, a smaller temporary exhibit opening in March titled, Chasing the Cure will feature the role our beautiful scenery and climate played in attracting consumptives to the area, the many doctors, nurses and sanitariums catering to the sick, various treatment methods and quack cures offered to health seekers, and hands-on health-related activities for children.


Patients and Staff By Tents
The new permanent exhibit, City of Sunshine will open on December 5, 2015 and will include many new stories, photographs, and artifacts. For those of you who have favorite objects in the current exhibit, rest assured that many of them will return but be interpreted in fresh and exciting ways.


We will be working with architects to reveal original features of our historic building while simultaneously updating lighting, fixtures and flooring. Additionally, we will incorporate new audio and visual technologies to make a big impact in the gallery.

Needless to say - City of Sunshine will serve as a powerful tool for people of all ages to understand our unique and important local history. We cannot wait to share it with you!


Leah Davis Witherow

Curator of History

Get Involved in History!
Festival of Lights
Family Fun Day

 Saturday, December 6

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A FREE Family Festival


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!  Click on More Inforamtion for the complete festival performance and activity schedule.


The Corner Store

 Happy Holidays!



Pop in to the Museum Store this holiday season for unique gift options.  Several pop-up books with the finest paper engineering will be featured:
Snowflakes ($24.95)
The Snow Queen ($24.95)
The Mitten ($19.95)
Christmas Pop Up ($14.95)
  Our Gift To You!
Mention this coupon for 20 % off
(Offer Valid December 1-24 on all regularly priced items)
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Chili Cookoff 2014

 On Tuesday 11/18, representatives from VI Marketing & Branding presented a check for $1000 to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.  Many thanks to the hundreds of visitors who enjoyed the 2014 Carne Diem Chili Cook Off in September!



Pictured From Left is Shannon Porter, Matt Mayberry, Erica Rockenstein 

More Upcoming Events


 Festival Of Lights

Family Fun Day

December 6 | 10am - 2pm


FREE Cookies & Hot Chocolate

before the Festival of Lights Parade at the Museum

December 6 | 5:30 pm


Medical Exhibit Closes 

for Renovation

January 1, 2015


History Cart Guide Training

January 13-16, 2015

Chasing The Cure Exhibit

Opens March 2015


City of Sunshine Exhibit

Opens December 2015

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IGNITE your curiosity.  DISCOVER your story. 
The Museum will be closed for the holidays!
Thursday, December 25, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015 
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.