Sesquicentennial Scholar Series - CSPM

Sesquicentennial Scholar Series

In honor of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial anniversary, the CSPM will unveil a new exhibit, COS@150 on Saturday, January 30, 2021. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture features 150 objects, illuminates 150 stories, commemorates 150 years. Throughout the commemoration year we invite you to explore these stories through a series of regional history lectures.  Explore the 2021 series schedule below!

2021 Scholar Series Schedule

November 13 at 2:00 pm

In honor of Colorado Springs’ sesquicentennial anniversary, the CSPM unveiled a new exhibit, COS@150. This robust exploration of our community’s history and culture features 150 objects, illuminates 150 stories, commemorates 150 years. Throughout the commemoration year we invite you to explore these stories through a series of regional history lectures.

Please note that this program will be offered virtually via the Zoom Video Communications platform. Registrations are required. CLICK TO REGISTER

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

In this sesquicentennial of Colorado Springs, one’s thoughts reach out to Wellesley English Professor Katharine Lee Bates who visited here in 1893. When she adventurously rode to the top of Pike’s Peak, the stimulating experience and inspirational view led her, the next day, to pen the first verses of “America the Beautiful” from her Colorado Springs hotel room. Bates’s life and career, less known to us, is also inspirational. She achieved recognition and respect in her field partly by traveling to better understand (and publish about) literary figures and settings, just as our setting inspired her hymn. Meanwhile, however, she had to guard her career from presumptions that women had neither needs nor rights to combine careers with personal relationships or other distractions. Come enjoy the fascinating life of this woman who gave us a beautiful hymn based on our tallest vista!

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Katherine Scott Sturdevant, Professor of History at Pikes Peak Community College, frequently works with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Pikes Peak Library District to research and interpret local and regional history. Her areas of special study include women’s history as well as American and British literature. Thus, Kathy will share Katharine Lee Bates’s significance in many venues, always with the human interest and humor she brings to historical interpretation.

Please note that due to the changing nature of the pandemic, all programs are subject to change. 

Explore Lectures from the 2021 Scholar Series

Quenching Our Thirst – Population Growth and Water System Development presented by Casey Pearce and Eric Perramond

Celebrating the Penrose Legacy on the 80th Anniversary of Penrose Heritage Museum presented by Sarah Woods

Sense of Place in Colorado Springs  presented by John Harner

Peak of Racing: Behind the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb presented by Chris Lennon

The Past, Present, & Future of Rodeo in Colorado Springs Panel Discussion

Exploring Our Urban Forest presented by Dennis Will and Dr. Christine Bierman

History of Colorado Springs Through Quilts presented by Caitlin Sharpe, CSPM Registrar 

COS@150 Through the Lens of Black History presented by Hillary Mannion, CSPM Archivist 

The Myth vs. Reality of the AdAmAn Club presented by Don Sanborn, Cindy Bowles and Don Kallaus

Explore Lectures from the 2020 Scholar Series

Arts & Crafts Architecture in Colorado Springs presented by Barry Binder

When the Civil War Came West presented by Megan Kate Nelson 

Colorado Springs’ Archaeological Past presented by Presented by Dr. Minette Church and Dr. Karin Larkin

Controversy and Compromise in Colorado Pioneers Monuments presented by Cynthia Culver Prescott

Rise of the Mammals: Colorado Discovery that Rocked the World presented by Dr. Tyler Lyson and Dr. Ian Miller

This Shall be the Land For Women presented by Leah Davis Witherow