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.
DIGITAL LECTURE: Colorado Women Led the Way – The Battle for Women’s Suffrage
Exhibit: The League of Wives
Exhibit: From the Ashes: The Waldo Canyon Fire
Exhibit: The Midas Touch
Regional History Resources & Lesson Plans
No matter how old your home and neighborhood may be, there are wonderful things to discover around every corner! We invite families to use our Architecture Hunt on your next walk. Windows, roofs, balconies and more – what will you find?
- General William Jackson Palmer
- William Jackson Palmer: Founder of Colorado Springs (Lesson Plans for K-12)
- Moffat the Rabbit Meets a General (Digital Children’s Book)
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.