T h e  M u s e l e t t e r


January 2015

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


A New Acquisition


Cheyenne by Charles Craig

ca. 1900


Visitors often wonder how so many beautiful and meaningful objects come into the collections of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The answer is simple - the amazing generosity of our community! The Museum's latest acquisition, a stunning portrait titled Cheyenne by noted local artist Charles Craig ca. 1900, was a gift of the Adna and Joan Wilde Estate and is currently on exhibit in the main floor lobby.



Lt. Col. Adna G. Wilde was the former director of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, holding the position from 1973 until 1981. During this critical time in our organization's history, Wilde was responsible for overseeing the move of the entire Museum collection from its former home on Kiowa Street to the newly restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse.


Wilde was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on October 1, 1920, and graduated from The Citadel in 1943. After college, he joined the Army and served in the famed 10th Mountain Division. He was wounded in combat in Italy during World War II. Following the war he and his wife Joan lived all over the world as he continued his military career. They retired to Colorado Springs in the 1960s. 


Adna G. Wilde

CSPM Director




Adna Wilde died in November of 2008 at age 88, and his beloved wife Joan passed away just this past November, 2014. Lt. Colonel Wilde's 10th Mountain Division artifacts, Joan's collection of Japanese kimonos, and other items collected by the couple have been generously donated to the Museum. Both Adna and Joan treasured the recently donated Craig painting. It was known to be in their private collection for quite some time, and although it was previously exhibited in Amarillo, Texas as part of the Anschutz Collection, its entire provenance is unknown at this time. 



About the Artist:

Charles Craig was born in Morgan County, Ohio in 1846. Starting in 1865, Craig spent four years traveling up the Missouri River where he met many American Indian tribes and eventually reached Fort Benton, Montana. From 1872 to 1873, he had the opportunity to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia with Peter Moran, the younger brother of Thomas Moran. At the urging of painter John Dare Howland, Craig moved west and settled in Colorado Springs in 1881. For the next 50 years he was an important resident of the region. Craig traveled frequently throughout Colorado, and was a well-known visitor on the Southern Ute Reservation. The Utes referred to him as "Pink Face Charlie." As noted in Nelson A. Rieger's Charles Craig: Pikes Peak Indian Painter, Craig was renowned for the accuracy of his ethnological details of the Plains and Ute Indians. He was the first major artist to paint Taos in 1881 and Santa Fe in 1883. Unfortunately he lost his studio and many of his paintings in the Antlers Hotel fire of 1898. Craig died in 1931 after having lived most of his life in Colorado Springs.
Recognized by The National Endowment for the Humanities! 
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum was recently awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to improve the museum's ability to preserve and care for our humanities collections.

Image courtesy of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum "Whether through preserving important cultural artifacts or supporting new discoveries about our common past, NEH grants play a critical role in making the insights afforded by the humanities available to all to help us better understand ourselves, our culture, our society," said NEH Chairman, William Adams.  


"This grant will support further improvements to the storage of our large and diverse textile collection," said Museum Registrar, Hillary Mannion.
The collection varies from military uniforms to quilts and coverlets.  Mannion continued, "Highlights of our collection include a log cabin quilt from Helen Hunt Jackson's home, a National Lung Association Banner used in early campaigns against tuberculosis, and a WWII 10th Mountain Division uniform."


This important project will include a consultation by textile conservator, Jeanne Brako, who will review storage solutions and provide training on custom mounts for flags and hanging textiles. 
Museum Director Matt Mayberry added, "This is exciting news for the museum, as it will improve access to the collection and help us continue to preserve the textiles for many years to come."
Volunteer Of The Month


Sarah Lebovitz

Education Intern at CSPM

Graduated Colorado College 2013

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Religious Studies  


What is your favorite part about being the Education Intern at CSPM? As a volunteer at the museum for the past four months, I enjoy a variety of responsibilities - covering anything from the Hands on History carts to helping organize craft projects for Children's History Hour. My favorite part of my position is the organizational aspect. I'm a huge geek for binders and notepads, and for some reason, making lists. I have five different colored pens, each representing a different thing that I'm doing at the moment. 


What is the most useful thing you've learned from your internship? How to be flexible with learning. The Hands on History cart program is geared toward school groups exploring the museum using themes that relate directly to each of the museum exhibits. The program includes brief history points plus an activity that fits in with school standards. Since each school is different, it becomes an exciting challenge to switch up the way I present information to groups with different needs. Finding what works and what doesn't work is like a tiny victory each time!  


What topic in local history interests you most and why? I'm currently most interested in The Broadmoor and the part it has played in Colorado Springs since it was built in 1918. I've always loved repurposed historical buildings, but The Broadmoor hasn't ever been repurposed. It still pulls the same kind of clientele and offers similar services as it did originally. It may not be as exclusive as it once was, but it still is part of a living history that probably will continue for many years. Seeing it stay so successful and so relevant is refreshing, especially in a city where so many historical buildings don't make the cut.  


What does the future hold for you?

Next for me is applying to graduate schools for a library sciences degree, which I'll be doing from the comfort of Cleveland, OH. Currently, I'm hoping to focus in archives and preservation, since my overall goal is to continue working in museums.
Get Involved in History!
Pikes Peak Regional Lecture


"The Broadmoor:

A Grand Dream"
Saturday, January 10

2pm - 3pm



In 1916 Spencer Penrose, a Philadelphia entrepreneur who had made his fortune in gold and copper mining, purchased The Broadmoor Casino and Hotel 40-acre site and an adjoining 400 acres. Penrose had come up with a new project to undertake... build a multi-faceted resort "The Broadmoor." Explore the history of this grand dream from its earliest beginnings until the magnificent opening with Beth Davis, archivist for "The Broadmoor Hotel" and "The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway."
$5 Suggested Donation
Free for Members
Children's History Hour

January 21 - Ages 2-6

January 31 - Ages 7-10

10:30-11:30 am

Photographer Mole 

  Discover the story of Photographer Mole - the town's local animal photographer who's always ready with his camera on important occassions!  Explore old-fashioned photography through the eyes of a town of animals. Then visit the museum's "Behind the Lens" photography exhibit and create your own camera inspired craft!Bring your own camera to participate in a photo scavenger hunt at the end of the program!


Reservations Required

$2 Suggested Donation
Free for Members
Upcoming Events


Pikes Peak Regional Lecture

The Broadmoor - A Grand Dream Presented by Beth Davis

Saturday, January 10

2pm - 3pm


History Cart Guide Training

January 13-16, 2015

ART-facts & Crafts

Decoupage Boxes

Saturday, January 17

10am - 12pm


Childrens History Hour

Photography Mole!

January 21 and 31

10:30-11:30 am


Ludlow Massacre Exhibit

Closes January 31


Pikes Peak Regional Lecture

Everybody Welcome -

The Legend of Fannie Mae Duncan

Presented by Kathleen Esmiol

Saturday, February 14

2pm - 3pm

Chasing The Cure Exhibit

Opens March 2015


City of Sunshine Exhibit

Opens December 2015

Best of the Springs!



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The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has been nominated in the Arts & Entertainment category of The Gazette's "2015 Best of the Springs."


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Exhibit News!


Memories of a Massacre: Perspectives on Ludlow

 Exhibit Closes on January 31

 in preparation for 


Chasing The Cure


The temporary exhibit opening in March titled, Chasing the Cure will highlight the role our beautiful scenery and climate played in attracting consumptives to the area. It will also feature 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. 



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215 S. Tejon Street | Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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To build a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region
by preserving and sharing our cultural history.