New direction for Pioneers Museum?



Last Friday, the city announced it would unveil a new approach to the Pioneers Museum, which has suffered cutbacks under the city's budget constraints.


The announcement will come Tuesday. Here's what the city has told us so far:

Over the past six months community leaders have been working on a new, sustainable business model for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. This planning effort is in response to recent budget challenges facing the City of Colorado Springs, which owns and operates the Museum. This news conference will unveil the new directions for the institution outlined in this plan. This effort is a direct result of a grant-funded study by Durel Consulting Partners of Baltimore, Maryland. This consulting firm was hired through funds and support provided by the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation, H. Chase Stone Trust and the Antlers Hilton Hotel.

A steering committee comprised of representatives from various stakeholder organizations, CSPM boards, and community and business leaders developed the plan from the study results of the consulting firm. Matt Mayberry, the Museum’s Director, will present an overview of the new plan, and several members of the steering committee will be available for interviews.

Points of interest to the public that will be presented:
· The case for a new direction
· New governance structure
· New financial model, to include the cost of operation, the City’s obligation, the new sources of revenue, and transitioning to the new financial model
· New programming and partnerships

First organized in 1896, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is one of the oldest active collecting institutions in the state. It is the only organization of its kind that comprehensively collects the history and culture of the Pikes Peak region. The CSPM is the community’s repository and showcase for cherished artifacts, an educational center for hundreds of thousands of families and schoolchildren, and an iconic destination for tourists. According to Mr. Mayberry, “the CSPM is embracing this opportunity to provide the community with a more sustainable, vital and relevant organization that serves the people of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.”

The news conference will be held in the elegant 1903 Division 1 Courtroom in the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. For more information about the press conference, please contact Matt Mayberry at (719) 385-5636 or email at

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