Behind The Scenes


As you have already heard, we closed our medical exhibit in preparation for the renovation and opening of the new City of Sunshine: Health in the Pikes Peak Region exhibit in December of this year. 


One of the most popular displays was tucked in the northwest corner of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum's medical exhibit - a fascinating piece of Colorado Springs history, the Ronald Wreath Pharmacy.

Two walls of oak cabinets with glass doors displayed over 2,000 items including medicines, pharmacy equipment, beauty products and veterinarian remedies. The obvious smell from the collection contributed to the visitor's experience - likely bringing back memories of the the past.

The collection included items from several early Colorado Springs pharmacies, dating back to 1906, including the Phillip Smith Drug Company, East Side Pharmacy, Freytag Drug Co. and Ronald Wreath Pharmacy.

The items from this popular exhibit have been removed from their oak cases.  Pharmaceutical equipment, medicine bottles, boxes and tins were carefully packed in acid free boxes or trays and have been moved to a work space where they will be inventoried and their condition will be assessed. Only some of the items will be selected for the new exhibit and the rest of the collection will be stored in our medical collection vault to be used as a valuable resource on the history of medicine in the Pikes Peak Region.

This display of medical bottles and supplies was a popular attraction to customers of Ronald Wreath Pharmacy at 128 S. Tejon Street. Wreath relocated his store in 1975 and donated the collection to the CSPM that same year. In 1979, the CSPM opened its doors at its new home in the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse. The pharmacy was included in one of the first exhibits to open at this location and who knows.... you might possibly see some of this story being told again!

Stay tuned for more Behind The Scene accounts of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

Weekend Warm-up!




Summer is right around the corner which means parents should be preparing their replies to the dreaded complaint, "I'm bored!!"  The CSPM is here to help fight summer-time boredom at the new "Weekend Warm-up!"  


Families with kids ages 5-12 are invited to this open-house style program every Friday afternoon throughout the summer (June 5 to August 7). Between 2-4pm, drop in for a 30 minute craft, experiment or other activity highlighting local history then leave with history adventure ideas for the entire family that will Ignite Your Curiosity through the rest of the weekend!  

Volunteer of the Month


Philip Martin has been a volunteer transcriber in the CSPM archives since January of 2014. His work has primarily focused on transcribing a series of journals by Landell Bartlett, who lived in Colorado Springs and wrote in his journal every day, beginning at America's entry through World War One and continuing up to his death in the 70's. 


Philip explains, "I volunteer for both professional and pleasurable reasons. I have a passion for history and the Pioneers Museum has been my favorite place in the Springs. Volunteering here has really helped me build up my resume as well as teach me the realities of museum work; I want a career in a museum administration, so volunteering here naturally will help me achieve my dream." 


Philip spends the majority of his time taking care of his father and studying for school. Currently working on his senior thesis at UCCS, he expects to graduate this May. Philip is extremely proud of his dad, who is 92, and loves listening to the stories he shares about World War II, the Great Depression, the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement. As for hobbies Philip shares, "I spend my time reading books... really all kinds, not just history. I attend "Geeks Who Drink" pub quiz and often lose!  It's always fun though!"

See You Later!


We bid a fond farewell to Paul Gesterling, Development Director, as he moves up north to lay new roots with his young family. Since 2012, Paul has helped the Museum transition from being a purely city museum with annual appropriations to an institution that is a public-private partnership relying much more heavily on nonprofit fundraising activities.


During Paul's tenure, CSPM rebounded from the economic downturn and realized record growth in both fundraising and visitation, bucking nationwide museum trends. "The nonprofit development operations of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum under Paul's direction have exceeded expectations and given us a strong foot to stand on as we look forward to pursuing some of our most ambitious projects to date," said Matt Mayberry, Director of the CSPM. The Museum is well poised to expand its exhibit and programmatic offerings because of his great work."


Journalist and novelist Eduardo Galeano once said, History never really says goodbye. History says, 'See you later.' So from your friends and colleagues at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum - thank you for all you have done and we'll SEE YOU LATER! 

Get Involved in History!

Children's History Hour
The First Teddy Bear
April 15 and 25
10:30 - 11:30 am
Toys! Then & Now
Bring your favorite stuffed animal to compare stuffed toys from today and those from the past!
Pikes Peak Regional History
Upcoming Events
Featured Sponsor
The Museum Store
With the recent opening of the Chasing The Cure Exhibit, The Museum Store is featuring several books to complement the historical story of finding health and wellness in the Pikes Peak Region.
Asylum of Gilded Pill
 by Douglas R. McKay ($15.95)
The White Death
by Thomas Dormandy ($18.00)
Doctors, Disease & Dying
in the Pikes Peak Region
compilation from  the Pikes Peak Library lecture series ($24.95)
Lucky Herzberger Award
At the Annual Membership Luncheon on March 21st, the CSPM Board of Directors proudly recognized Judy Casey as the recipient of the 2015 Lucky Herzberger Award - recognizing outstanding service and support to the museum. 
Judy has been a long-time volunteer, serving as the chair of the former Advisory Committee, sitting on the Board of Directors through transitions, and being the "hostess-with-the-mostess" by bringing 70-80 guests to our most important fundraising event of the year, The Gift of History Breakfast held each August.
Over 90 CSPM members attended the Annual Membership Luncheon at the Cheyenne Mountain Country Club.  They enjoyed the award presentation and heard from various speakers including the President/CEO of History Colorado, Ed Nichols, who spoke on the current state of the museum industry and the work of History Colorado.
We're Hiring!

Museum Development Coordinator

Application Deadline April 14


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