Colorado Springs Women Share Their Stories to Honor National Women’s History Month
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (CSPM) joins many organizations across the country in remembering the important role of women in American history. It’s quite an effort to recognize the women of Colorado Springs and tell their stories for National Women’s History Month.
The museum tells the stories of more than a dozen local women, including Maude McFerran Price, Lulu Stroud Pollard, Julie Penrose, Fannie Mae Duncan, Judy Noyes, Bee Vradenburg, “Mama” Susie Perkins, and the women of the Colorado Springs Civic League .
The “This Shall Be the Land for Women” exhibit recognizes Colorado’s historic moment allowing women the right to vote in a proposal in 1893; more than two decades before the federal amendment.
“A Community Exhibit, Una Familia Grande: The Conejos Neighborhood Project” uses photographs, artifacts and stories to put this “once vital neighborhood back on the map.”
Former Colorado Springs residents Ruth Melena, Josie Ontiveros, and Josie Ornelas have united their own perspectives on staying in a historic neighborhood just southwest of downtown.
“Any Place That is North and West,” tells the story of black residents living in Colorado Springs after the Great Migration. “The exhibit details the supportive community they created and their role in shaping the city, including the personal stories of Gretchen McRae, the Stroud family, Vera Gang Scott and Joyce Gilmer, among others. “
“A Home of One’s Own: The Life of Helen Hunt Jackson” assesses the 19th-century American author’s life, friendships, itinerary, work, family, and Colorado Springs home using photographs, documents, artifacts, an interactive touch screen and original pieces from the Jackson house.
““The Story of Us” allows visitors to make connections through physical location within the digital gallery interface. Background stories will be told, including Julia Archibald Holmes, the women of Sankofa, the Vallejo family and Elvira, among others.
The museum encourages visitors to get involved in community stories by visiting exhibit galleries, public programs and social media posts.
You can learn more about the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum: Telling Local Women’s Stories Throughout CSPM HERE.
Colorado Springs women everyone should know
Sat. March 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Presented by Leah Davis Witherow, CSPM History Curator
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Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt
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