Welcome to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s educational resource page!
Explore this site to learn more about museum exhibits current and past, and find primary sources and regional history lessons to use in the classroom. We also share valuable resources from other institutions. Click the links below to explore each topic.
Caitlin Sharpe, CSPM Registrar, discusses her role at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, one of her favorite artifacts, and how our collections team works to preserve artifacts.
Exhibit: The League of Wives
Exhibit: From the Ashes: The Waldo Canyon Fire
Exhibit: The Midas Touch
Regional History Resources & Lesson Plans
- General William Jackson Palmer
- 1904 Ballot: This ballot is for the Colorado counties of El Paso and Teller from the 1904 election. Six political parties are represented on the ticket: Republican, Democratic, People’s (Populists), Socialist, Socialist Labor, and Prohibition. The ballot is designed for straight-ticket voting: it has instructions on how to vote straight-ticket and how to vote straight-ticket with exceptions. Assuming this ballot was finished, the owner was voting straight-ticket Democratic with 8 exceptions (of 38 possible votes). It is interesting to note that the ballot actually has the presidential electors listed by name (along with their candidate) rather than just the name of the candidates.
Trappers & Traders
- Bent’s Old Fort
- Bent’s Old Fort is located 8 miles east of La Junta, Colorado along the Arkansas River. It was the first permanent settlement in the central plains region and was an important trading post where travelers, traders, and Native Americans mixed peacefully.
- Lesson Plan: Westward Migration: Manifest Destiny – Grades 6-12
Weather – STEM
- Pikes Peak and the Summit House
- Signal Service History
- Wind Chill Activity: Using the wind chill chart from the National Weather Service, students can investigate the discrepancy between the recorded temperature from the top of Pikes Peak and the reported temperature in the news article. The results can lead to a discussion about the advancement in meteorological technologies.
- Before the National Weather Service, the Signal Service reported the weather from various stations around the country. The highest signal service station was on Pikes Peak from 1873 – 1888. The mission of the men stationed atop Pikes Peak was to report the weather, and gather enough information to predict weather patterns. Initially, weather reports were made via telegraphic summaries sent to Washington, D.C. from the various observation sites around the nation, then distributed out to the public via railroad stations and news media outlets. The Pikes Peak mountain observation site was connected to the city of Colorado Springs down below by telegraph line #99. Harsh winds and heavy snow fall often downed the line, at times the poles themselves.
Resources From Other Institutions
The Ute People of Colorado
- Nuu-ciu Strong is a resource for fourth grade educators to use to support teaching the history, culture, and present lives of the Ute People. This resource was developed in collaboration with Colorado’s Ute Tribes, the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, the Colorado Department of Education, History Colorado, Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum, and educators statewide. The curriculum aligns with Colorado’s academic standards and is a dynamic resource that will be reviewed every 6 years to ensure its integrity.