City museum to open exhibit dedicated to UCCS

UCCS_Opening_GeneralInviteThe Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum will launch an exhibit dedicated to celebrating UCCS history and its 50th Anniversary May 9.

At 2 p.m. May 9 at the museum, 215 S. Tejon, Tom Huber, professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and Carole Huber, senior instructor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, will discuss the book they co-edited “Discovering Place: A UCCS Field Guide.” The 280-page guide features essays by 37 faculty, staff and students who trace the history of the campus property from the upper Cretaceous age 75 million years ago to the university’s strategic plan for the future.

In addition to the Hubers’ presentation, the exhibit will feature historic photographs and objects that support the exhibit theme of “From Sanatorium to Scholarship.”


Mary Rupp, archives librarian, Kraemer Family Library, worked closely with museum curator Leah Davis-Witherow. Davis-Witherow is a UCCS alumna and instructor in the Department of History.

Among the items on loan from the archives for the exhibit are a watchman’s clock used at the Cragmor Sanatorium and in the early years of the university, and a hardhat-adorned Shakespeare bust provided by Murray Ross, artistic director, Theatreworks. The bust served as the unofficial mascot for Theatreworks for many years. A shovel from the Lane Center groundbreaking ceremony, as well as photos showing the history of the university, will also be displayed.

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit

For more information about the UCCS 50th Anniversary, visit

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