The past is the window to the present. Using the published works of local historians as inspiration, this program will highlight specific themes of Colorado Springs and the region in celebration of the city's sesquicentennial (learn more about the Colorado Springs Sesquicentennial). It is offered in concert with the books referenced, which provide additional background. However, attendees should not feel obligated to read the books in advance of the discussion. The series will provide high-quality information about the community to a broad and diverse audience.
January Topic: Visible People (Book: Newport in the Rockies)
Downtown Colorado Springs contains visible monuments to multiple significant local historic figures. Regional History and Genealogy Director, Brett Lobello, will discuss how these monuments offer a window, not just into William Jackson Palmer, Winfield Scott Stratton, and Spencer Penrose, but also the people and community that chose to commemorate their life and actions.
150 years after the founding of Colorado Springs, historians are still learning from the words and deeds of General William Jackson Palmer. Leah Davis Witherow, Curator of History for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museums will explore manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, and memories of those who knew him best – General Palmer is more valuable and relevant than ever.
A brief discussion and Q&A will follow. Bring your questions and comments!
For more information about the history of Colorado Springs, Newport in the Rockies can be found in the catalog and checked out from library locations. Upon registration, you will be sent a chapter from Bigwigs & Benefactors of the Pikes Peak Region, "Winfield Scott Stratton", to supplement (this book may also be requested using the catalog).