The Coalition consists of 20 museums and 4 associate historical organizations in the Pikes Peak Region
The Coalition of Pikes Peak Historic Museums was started in the fall of 2002 to promote the history of the Pikes Peak region.
The main purpose of this organization is to share information, advertise and encourage visitation to member museums.
Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners
Our local Posse chapter, though not a museum, has a vested interest in local history. Thus, we are members of the Coalition as Associate members.
This is a snapshot history of our organization for those who are unfamiliar with the organization.
The Westerners movement began in Chicago in 1944 by Leland Case and Elmo Watson. Since the academic world did not seem to offer much for “history buffs”, the two men decided to form a group open to anyone interested in the history of the American West. Currently there are 74 such active groups in the U.S. and overseas to include some 4,000+ members Each group is rather loosely organized, with few rules and its own traditions.
While Westerners are devoted to history, the main thing to remember is that membership in a Corral or Posse satisfies this interest in the spirit of fun, camaraderie and scholarship related to the American frontier west. Membership is open to anyone who loves the lore and history of the North American West. Keeping with a Western theme, our head official is known as the Sheriff assisted by a Deputy Sheriff, etc.
Our local Pikes Peak Posse was founded in 1976. One of our charter members still attends religiously and contributes many ideas and programs to our monthly get-togethers. Our highest attendance ever was for “Contested Ground” about the Little Bighorn Battle performed by Steve Adelson.
Membership is open to anyone interested in Western history. We usually meet monthly, the second Monday for a catered dinner and program at the Colorado Springs Masonic Center, 1150 Panorama Drive (at Fontmore Road) in Colorado Springs, CO 80904, with Social Time at 6:00 P.M. and Dinner at 6:30 P.M.
In recent years we have held a “Rendezvous” on the first Sunday in August at an alternate historical location. We have entertained guests and members of various regional historical organizations at Evergreen Cemetery, Carnegie Library Garden (former Knights of Columbus building) and this year at the Union Printers Home. In the past, food, music, mini-historical programs, re-enactors and tours have been on the agenda.
Special field trips and December programs can be an added treat. In 2008 we co-sponsored a trip on a private charter of the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway with a local metal detecting club. We have even hosted a murder mystery theatre and a historical play in December.
We welcome anyone who likes Western history. Please contact Bob DeWitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
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