Staying The Course - CSPM
Photo of the 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, which houses the CSPM. Thie direction is looking on the south side of the building from a higher elevation during a sunrise.

Staying The Course

by Diane Barber Stine, Development Director

Rapid Response

During this uncertain time, there is one thing we want you to be sure of, and that is our continued commitment to being a touchstone for sharing local history. Since the closure, the museum staff has been working diligently to find new ways to provide access to programs, collections, and exhibits utilizing our “new and improved” website. We hope that you will find something that interests you!

The Transition

The timing of the launch of the CSPM’s new website couldn’t have been better. We were able to use the new site to move our in-person programs online, increase access to collections using online databases, and share stories through virtual exhibits.
A child participating in the Digital Children's History Hour.
Young explorers have access to history through the Museum's popular Children's History Hour. Program Coordinator, Meg Poole, and Education Assistant, Makaela Worden, read a story and walk participants through a fun craft during a recent online program.
A screenshot from the Digital Lecture hosted on Sat., Apr. 11. The screenshot shows a letter and a statue.
On April 11, local historian, Barry Binder, was the first of our 2020 Scholar Series participants to present online. His lecture titled, Arts & Crafts Architecture in Colorado Springs, was well received by the CSPM's virtual attendees.

Digital Programs

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

And neither was the Museum’s new website! But after months of hard work, we are pleased to announce its launch. If you haven’t had the opportunity to explore it yet, we ask you to take a moment and dive right in! We hope that you’ll be as excited as we are about the new look and features as well the improvements we’ve made to the staples from the previous website.

Discovery Through Digital Content

Our effort to create new online content has resulted in the following videos that we hope you find informative as well as entertaining:

  • A Conversation with Caitlin Sharpe, CSPM Registrar
  • Colorado Women Led the Way: The Battle for Women’s Suffrage, presented by Leah Davis Witherow, CSPM Curator of History
  • Cultural Connections: Horsing Around Rock Ledge Ranch with Andy Morris, Ranch Manager and Alyssa Cowen, Lead Interpreter
  • Children’s History Hour: Collecting Counts! Hosted by the CSPM’s Program Coordinator, Meg Poole, Education Assistant Makaela Worden, and Registrar Caitlin Sharpe

The Community's Response

“I’m so happy you guys are doing this!!! GREAT idea. I’m so proud of your team and your ability to adapt and serve citizens.”

Attendee of the Digital Lunch and Learn

“Thanks ladies for keeping the kids connected!”


Attendee of a Facebook Live: Children’s History Hour

“Thank you so much, Pioneer Museum, for providing us with your on-line ‘virtual tours’.”

Facebook Comment

Digital Initiatives: New and Old

Although COVID19, and the resulting the “Stay at Home” order, inspired the staff to create new digital content, the CSPM has a long history of reaching beyond its walls. Over the years, we have developed online content for teachers and students, as well as provided collections access to researchers near and far. One of our most significant accomplishments is the Story of Us interactive exhibit. It utilizes a unique interactive mapping platform that enables the visitor to explore stories of the Pikes Peak Region from a laptop, desktop, or cell phone — anywhere, anytime!

Story of Us: Pikes Peak Regional History A - Z

Discover the history and geography of the Pikes Peak Region from the comfort of your own home.

CSPM Collections Database

Explore many our collections through our online database.
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Diane Barber Stine, Development Director

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