March is National Women’s History Month and the CSPM is proud to join organizations across the country in commemorations that examine the vital role of women in American History. For starters, our mini-exhibit This Shall be the Land for Women: Examining Women’s Suffrage in Colorado highlights Colorado’s historic role in granting women the right to vote by popular referendum in 1893, a full 27 years before the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
Additionally, our brand new sesquicentennial exhibit COS@150 shares the stories of dozens of local women including Maude McFerran Price, Lulu Stroud Pollard, Julie Penrose, Fannie Mae Duncan, Judy Noyes, Bee Vradenburg, “Mama” Susie Perkins, and many others. While the CSPM is open to the public with limited capacity, social distancing measures, mandatory masks, online ticket reservations, and advanced cleaining protocols, you can also enjoy the exhibit from the comfort of your home by visiting our online galleries at https://www.cspm.org/exhibits/cos150.
Women Stories in COS@150
If you are out and about on a walk, hike, or bike ride, please take a few minutes to check out the CSPM’s new Story of Us Mobile experience which features then & now photographs, all the SOU A-Z themes in a mobile-friendly version, and five curated history tours. One of our favorites is the Women’s Suffrage tour, with five locations and stories connected to suffragists from Colorado Springs who fought for the 19th Amendment, and for women’s rights throughout the twentieth century. Please visit www.mobile.storyofus.com for a lot of history in a small package!
Finally, make sure to follow the CSPM on Social Media throughout the month of March as we share artifacts, photographs, and stories about women in the Pikes Peak region who profoundly shaped our community’s history. Happy Women’s History Month everyone and we hope to see you at the museum (from a safe distance) soon!