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.
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