Pioneer Mother Monuments
August 8 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
In celebration of museum’s groundbreaking Cultural Crossroads exhibit (opening November 2020), the 2020 Scholars Series will promote the latest academic scholarship to foster a new understanding of Pikes Peak Regional history. Visit the 2020 Scholars Series page to see the full list of lectures.
In 1911, Denverites opposed plans for a Pioneer Monument featuring a Plains Indian warrior towering over white settlers. A century later, Colorado Springs residents rejected a conventional covered wagon monument in favor of a modern design celebrating cultural inclusivity. Cynthia Prescott will recount 100 years of pioneer monument controversies in Colorado, and then invite you to walk outside and view the statues outside the Pioneers Museum with new eyes.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Cynthia Culver Prescott is associate professor of history at the University of North Dakota. Prescott is the author of Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) and Gender and Generation on the Far Western Frontier (University of Arizona, 2007). Her website, Pioneer Monuments in the American West [pioneermonuments.net], features interactive maps and timelines featuring more than 200 monuments. Supported by a Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Seed Grant, she is using the GIS-enabled app Clio to create detailed historical entries and walking tours of 200 sites in the West, with an emphasis on controversial public monuments and shifting representations of race and gender.