Pioneers Museum restoration work continues

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The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has launched the second phase of its exterior restoration project.

Director Matt Mayberry said the museum is still open even though of the construction barriers and renovation workers.

“A few people have called us to find out what the heck is going on,” Mayberry said. “The barriers are in place because we are in phase two of an exterior restoration project that will ensure that the courthouse, our largest artifact, can continue to serve the community for the next 100 years.”

The project was funded through the State Historical Fund, Downtown Development Authority, Gates Family Foundation, El Paso County Bar Association and a number of private donors.

The plan is to repair the stone and masonry of the museum’s west elevation and clock tower. Repairs will include masonry joints between the block of stone, patching the stone where there is minor damage and weathering, replacing some stone and injecting grout into the cracks. The entire exterior of the museum will be cleaned.

The construction work will be completed in September and will cost $330,000.

But, it’s still a goodtime to visit.

“We have a new exhibit called ‘Anyplace that is North and West,’ which is a chronology of African-American culture in the Pikes Peak region. We’re also gearing up for a Colorado Day celebration Aug. 4 which will feature live music, crafts and other activities.”