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

August 21 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.

Limited Seating; Reservations Required. This event will be held in-person at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s Division 1 Courtroom. 

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In his book Profiting From the Peak: Landscape and Liberty in Colorado Springs, Harner charts the historical geography of Colorado Springs through ten thematic chapters, then summarizes the important dimensions of the city to answer the question, “What shapes Colorado Springs’ place identity?”  This lecture highlights the major points and conclusions to distill the characteristics of place that define the city.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

John Harner is Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  He received his Ph.D. from the Arizona State University in 1996.  His research interests focus on American urban landscapes; cultural, economic, and social connections between the United States and Mexico; and the historical geography of Colorado Springs. His local work has culminated in the book Profiting from the Peak: Landscape and Liberty in Colorado Springs.  Research for this book contributed to “The Story of Us” digital humanities exhibit and to artifact textual descriptions in the “COS@150” exhibit at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.  He received the CU Thomas Jefferson Award in 2018.

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

September 11 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.

Limited Seating; Reservations Required. This event will be held in-person at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s Division 1 Courtroom. 

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In 1941, Julie Penrose opened the El Pomar Carriage House Museum, now known as Penrose Heritage Museum. To commemorate this anniversary, Penrose Heritage Museum will open new exhibits in October 2021. This lecture will explore new aspects of the Penrose legacy revealed in these new exhibits as well as the impact of their legacy in our lives today.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Sarah Woods is Curator of Historic Properties & Archives with El Pomar Foundation. Sarah previously worked in the archives at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, NASA and Indiana University, where she earned her Master of Library Science with a specialization in Archives & Records Management in 2018.

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

October 9 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.

Limited Seating; Reservations Required. This event will be held in-person at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s Division 1 Courtroom. 

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What do City of Colorado Springs Records reveal about population growth and water system development? Join Casey Pearce, the Records Systems Administrator for the City of Colorado Springs, for a fascinating look at the expansion of Colorado Springs and its water supply and delivery system through historic records.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Casey Pearce is a Colorado native and local historian who grew up in Teller County exploring and living the incredible history of this state and the West. Casey has an educational background in History, Anthropology, and Archives and Records Management. She received both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. After starting her career in history and archives work as a researcher, educator, and program coordinator at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry and teaching a variety of History courses as an Adjunct Professor at UCCS, she is now working as the Records System Administrator for the City of Colorado Springs. While at the City, she implemented a records management program and created a team of records experts to manage and preserve City records per City, State, and Federal regulations. The best part of her work at the City has included sorting and inventorying the City’s historic records and making them accessible to both City employees and the public.

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

Sponsored by Pikes Peak Heritage Series, a program of El Pomar Foundation

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 check back for registration details.

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ABOUT THE PRESENTER

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

Explore Lectures from the 2021 Scholar Series

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