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Exhibits

Current Featured Exhibits Include:

Memories of a Massacre: Perspectives on Ludlow

On April 20, 1914, eleven children and two women suffocated as fire swept through the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) strikers’ tent colony of Ludlow. All told, nearly twenty people died that day as machineguns rained down on the canvas tents and miners fired at militia positions while families fled in terror or hid in earthen cellars beneath their tents. Newspaper headlines and graphic photographs shocked readers around the world. An outraged public asked, how could this happen in America?

One hundred years later and only a little over one hundred miles from the site – what do we know about this important event? Who were the people involved?  Why did it happen? How did it shape the way we live and work today?

Utilizing archeological artifacts from the United Mine Workers of America Collection at the University of Denver, first person accounts of the tragedy, historic photographs and objects, and the deeply powerful paintings of contemporary artist Lindsay Hand, Memories of a Massacre: Perspectives on Ludlow seeks to uncover multiple layers of meaning while broadening our understanding of this pivotal chapter in American History.

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A Needle Pulling Thread: Selections from the CSPM Quilt Collection

Guest curated by local textile aficionado Judi Arndt, this colorful exhibit will feature stunning examples of quilt-work from the CSPM’s renowned quilt collection. 

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Caring For Those Less Fortunate: Celebrating 100 Years of the Myron Stratton Home

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Myron Stratton home with a new exhibit unveiled August 3rd. This exhibit will highlight the unique role this institution has played in supporting the needs of the less fortunate in our community.

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From the Ashes: The Waldo Canyon Fire

The day after the Waldo Canyon Fire tore through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the Pikes Peak Library District began collecting stories and artifacts from individuals, families, and businesses affected by the fire. Coinciding with the first anniversary, this unique and powerful exhibit will preserve and memorialize the impact of this historic event on our community and landscape.

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Any Place that is North and West: African Americans in Colorado Springs

The title for the exhibit is drawn from a poem by Langston Hughes, which describes the exodus from the South of millions of African American families following the Civil War. It tells that story from a local perspective by describing what individuals and families found when they arrived in Colorado Springs, the supportive community they created for themselves, and the role they played in shaping the city we live in today. 

 

Behind the Lens: Photographers of the Pikes Peak Region

An  exhibit that examines the history of photography and highlights five photographers who captured the unique spirit and beauty of this area.

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Cultural Crossroads: Highlights from the Collection 

Cultural Crossroads features  striking examples of American Indian beadwork, clothing, baskets, and other materials representing over 30 nations. This exhibit illustrates the ongoing creativity,  innovation and adaptation of native peoples in a region noted for being a Cultural Crossroads.

Stories in Stone

Curated by 4th grade “paleontologists” from Patrick Henry Elementary School, this unique exhibit features the Museum’s extensive fossil collection. The student’s own scientific research and original artwork provide a unique opportunity to understand the rich natural history of the Pikes Peak Region. 

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From Paris to the Plains: Van Briggle Art Pottery

The exhibit draws upon the museum’s renowned collection of Van Briggle Art Pottery and features the finest examples from the pottery’s first decade of operation.

New Van Briggle Art Pottery exhibit will open on February 3rd’; the CSPM maintains the world’s largest and most important collection of Van Briggle.

 

Pedal Power

Pedal Power highlights how the fantastic climate, terrain and scenic beauty of the Pikes Peak region have made it a natural for cycling over the past 100 years. Noteworthy bicycles from our collection include an early twentieth-century Tiger bicycle manufactured in Colorado Springs and the mountain bike used by former World Champion Alison Dunlap at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

 

Ongoing Exhibits

Helen Hunt Jackson House

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885) was one of the most noteworthy literary figures of the 19th century. As the author of poetry, verse, children’s stories, historical pieces, documentary accounts, and a novel, she earned both widespread public acclaim and the respect of her literary peers. Her most productive years as a writer came after she moved to Colorado Springs in 1873, only two years after the town was founded. She completed her most famous works during this period. Included among these are the novel, Ramona, and a work of nonfiction that advocated for American Indian rights, titled A Century of Dishonor.  Jackson’s home and her original furnishings are on display at the CSPM. The Jackson house offers a peek into life in Colorado Springs in the 1870s and 1880s.

One Man and His Vision: General William Jackson Palmer

Who was General William J. Palmer and why is his life important to us today? New city residents wonder why his statue is in the intersection of Platte and Nevada Avenues while many long-time citizens believe they know all they need to about him: he founded our city, many landmarks carry his name, he fought to abolish slavery by participating in the Civil War, he was a teetotaler, and his spoiled wife Queen left him for easy living in England. Think again. Recent research and an updated exhibit at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum affirm and expound on the information that we know to be true and provide insight into his personal life to dispel the myths.

CSPM exhibits include permanent displays highlighting regional history and changing galleries dedicated to exploring special topics.