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NEW EXHIBIT – America’s Ultimate Challenge: The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the Pikes Peak Marathon. What started as a dare between smokers and non-smokers has logogrown into an internationally recognized competition. No ordinary marathon, competitors race over 13 miles up the side of Pikes Peak and back while navigating high altitude, inclement weather, loose gravel, tree roots and two-way traffic on narrow switchback trails. This exhibit features personal stories, historic photographs, medals and awards documenting the courage and endurance required to complete this extreme race.


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Notable features of the exhibit include artifacts from instantly recognizable businesses such as Hibbards, Lorigs and Coutures through our contemporary businesses such as Fat Bikes, GE Johnson and Elope. Historic photographs from the museum’s collection and the stunning work of local photographer Kate Doerksen’s Behind the Counter project will create opportunities to compare the past with the present. The exhibit will ask questions about how visual culture influences identity in the present.  How will it be shaped in the future? What authentically local brands and companies work today to shape our identity and memory?

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The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is proud to announce the opening of its newest exhibit — The City of Sunshine. From its founding in 1871, local boosters advertised Colorado Springs as a premier health destination for the treatment of tuberculosis. Our region’s greatest asset-turned-industry was its stunning scenery, abundant sunshine and mild climate.

Historically, at least 1/3 of all visitors to Colorado came to in search of tuberculosis treatment. Once cured, many stayed on in the region to build families and businesses. Many of their contributions to this community are visible today. The City of Sunshine exhibit tells the story of how individuals, institutions, and treatments helped shape the Pikes Peak Region.

The museum and our partners at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Department of Geography and Environmental Studied and Tierra Plan have developed an innovative web-based mapping tool that allows you to explore the history of tuberculosis treatment in the Pikes Peak Region. To access this site click here.

With An Artist’s Brush: The Works of Helen Cogswell Trostel

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The Pikes Peak Region has a rich history of fine art ranging from the well-known members of the Broadmoor Art Academy to countless other talented individuals who created glimpses of their eras and their lives. From a young age Helen Cogswell Trostel utilized a diverse array of mediums, leaving behind a remarkable body of work. Dozens of her oil paintings, watercolors, wood block prints, illustrations and examples of her whimsical verse and narrative fiction have been lovingly preserved by her daughter. Representative pieces from the collection have been selected for this exhibit and are accompanied by interpretation and family history compiled by Anne Trostel Galbraith.


 From The AshesFrom the Ashes: The Waldo Canyon Fire – Closing July 9th!

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. This unique and powerful exhibit preserves and memorializes the impact of this historic event had on our community and landscape.


Journey to Pikes Peak

Journey to Pikes Peak

Do you ever wonder why people live in a particular place? How they got there and why they came? These concepts are creatively explored in Journey to Pikes Peak.  Children aged 2-10 are free to join our mascot Max the Marmot to discover how, why and when people came to live in the Pikes Peak Region over time. Download our Journey to Pikes Peak Parent Guide!



Any Place 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. 

Harry L. Standley 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.





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.



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.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.




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.