JUNE 2017 June 28, 2017 | Ride your bike to work day! Photo from the Collection of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum 995.161

Have a blast in the past this summer at CSPM! The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is pleased to announce “Summer of Fun!” with four unique program offerings for all ages! Families are invited to explore the museum and engage with local history through hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, crafts, story time, and more! Each Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am-3:30pm (June 6-July 28) stop by the museum to interact with up to six Sensing History stations led by Junior Docents. 30 middle and high school students are trained to lead our summer activities ranging from decorating American Indian parfleche bags in the Cultural Crossroads exhibit, to helping you share your regional story. Visiting day care and summer camp groups are asked to make a reservation at least two-weeks in advance of your visit. On Fridays, from 2:00pm-4:00pm, ignite your curiosity at Weekend WarmUp! Families are invited to drop in for a 30 minute craft, experiment, or fun activity highlighting local history. Leave with history adventure ideas for the weekend! On Friday, July 14 we will explore the history of the Buffalo Soldiers – African American soldiers from 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry who served from the Civil War through the 1950s. Join the Buffalo Soldiers Community Memorial Committee for a scavenger hunt throughout the building to explore the extraordinary legacy of these remarkable soldiers. Once you have completed the search, turn in your hunt for a ticket to take a free carriage ride around the outside of the museum! Leave with ideas to explore more of the history of the Buffalo Soldiers in the West. The summer Children’s History Hour series features topics, amoung others the Soap Box Derby and the history of homesteading. On June 17 and 21, and July 19 from 10:30-11:30am, we will read a children’s story, go on a family-friendly tour and create a special craft. Finally, we are excited to celebrate our state’s birthday at the Colorado Grown Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 29 from 10am-2pm! Join the museum for a day of demonstrations, crafts, and family-friendly activities! Discover local history and identity through food, art, gardening and more. We hope you’ll join us for the museum’s exciting and FREE summer programming options. To learn more and register visit: www.CSPM.org Partner Spotlight PG. 2

Please RSVP for these events at: http://www.cspm.org/rsvp-for-an-event PG. 3

Recently, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum took over the 52 Museums Instagram account. 52 Museums (@52Museums) is an international social media account focused on connecting museums and fans of museums. Each week, at least one museum posts about their collections, conservation and grant funded projects, programs, and mission. This account provides museums with a single place to learn about great cultural institutions throughout the world. Social media, at its core, is an interactive online platform for people to communicate and connect with others, and the evolution of technology allows for more people to be informed. While connecting with the 52 Museums audience, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum received positive engagement. We shared posts about our collections, our preservation efforts, our programs, our exhibits, and our building. The post that received the most engagement was about our textile storage project made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, followed by the restoration of the building. We experienced a 17% increase in Instagram followers as a result in our 52 Museums campaign. Social media is a powerful way of connecting with audiences. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum works hard to provide quality content that informs and engages our followers. Click below to follow us on social media! Follow CSPM on social media! Hillary Mannion, CSPM Registrar, and CSPM volunteers working to preserve an American flag. PG. 4

MUSEUM STORE Gifts Artisans Jewelry Books The month of June brings to mind hiking the many trails Colorado has to offer. The museum store has a supply of beautiful Colorado relief maps of all the 14er’s in our state. ($50.00) While you are visiting, pick up any one of our titles featuring front range hikes. For the younger set we have two new titles: “The Wise Animal Handbook” with pull-out coloring pages of CO state animals ($16.99) “Lucky to Live in Colorado” including a how-to make a kid’s time capsule ($16.99). The store’s merchandise relates to the Museum collection, the themes represented in the changing exhibits, and the Pikes Peak region. Unique gifts are offered from local and Southwest artisans, including distinctively beautiful jewelry. The Museum Store carries a wide range of books: historical biographies of early Colorado Springs residents, nature guides, and stories relating to Colorado history, to name a few. Visitors will also find beautiful photography of the region, and prints of artwork by various artists. The store carries delicious snacks produced locally. And, there are items even for the youngest visitors to the Museum: games, books, toys and clothing that will delight children of all ages! There truly is something for everyone in the Museum Store; stop by on your next visit to the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum! Store hours of operation are: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Open year round; please check general museum hours for holiday closures) Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum members receive a 10% discount! PG. 5

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT! Sheldon Duffy & Mike Pritts Sheldon Duffy, born and raised in Los Angeles, received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Presently, he is enrolled in Colorado College’s Master’s of Arts in Teaching program. Last year, Duffy retired from the Army after a 28-year career, serving in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait. As he enters his second career, Duffy is excited about spending the summer with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum because of his love for Colorado history and looks forward to incorporating it into US History lessons. Mike Pritts retired from Fort Carson in 2016 after 30 years of service with U.S. Army Special Forces. He was selected as a 2016 Tillman Military Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation and is currently a graduate candidate in Colorado College’s Master’s of Arts in Teaching program. At the conclusion of the summer, Pritts will teach Global Studies, the History of Modern Warfare and coach football at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. Thank you for your contributions to the museum! Interested in Volunteering? Visit our website to find out how you can help: http://www.cspm.org/support/volunteers-corp/School Program Volunteers | Front Desk Greeters | Museum Store Research & Collections | Youth & Family Programs | Junior Docent Program PG. 6

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