The history of the Pikes Peak Region is fascinating. It is as broad and varied as the landscape itself. The mountain was a beacon to settlers, and the land around it served as a cultural crossroads. For hundreds of years the area has attracted Native Americans, explorers, mountain men, miners, farmers and ranchers, health seekers, and tourists. A rollcall of names from the region’s past is like a who’s who of American history: Ouray and Chipeta, Zebulon Montgomery Pike and John Charles Fremont, William Henry Jackson and General William Jackson Palmer, Winfield Scott Stratton and Helen Hunt Jackson.
To learn more about the countless resources the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has to offer explore the following links:
About Us – An overview of our collection, history as an institution, and logisitical information on planning a visit.
Tours for Adult Groups – We offer guided tours for adult groups that highlight everything from our unique architecture, to a thematic exploration of regional history. Learn more about scheduling the right tour for your group or book a tour now.
Hands On History for School Groups – Our Hands On History program allows students to explore regional history through objects and hands-on activities. At six interactive carts throughout the Museum, students can examine x-rays of lungs afflicted with tuberculosis, imagine life as an explorer or pioneer, mimic a heartbeat on a ceremonial buffalo skin drum, and compare cameras today with those of 100 years ago. Our school program is self-guided, but each cart is facilitated by a trained volunteer guide. In support of academic standards for history, our activities challenge students to make visual timelines, explore cause-and-effect relationships, consider the legacy of influential people, and analyze primary sources. Learn more or register your group for this program now.
Regional History – Topical information on the many people, places, and events that have shaped our communal identity. Visit the museum to explore extensive exhibits on each of these topics.
Newsletter – An archive of our past newsletters feating letters from the director, event updates, Museum Shop featured books, and other interesting features.
Teacher Information – Are you interested in bringing your students to the museum? Learn about the different tours we offer that meet the Colorado Model Content Stadards for History.