Pioneers Museum lands state historical grant

SHF_14-01-043_PioneersMuseum1The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum received a $199,382 grant from the History Colorado State Historical Fund, officials announced Wednesday.

The museum grant was one of 120 given for historic preservation projects in 40 counties statewide.

In total, more than $8.8 million was given for fiscal year 2014. Since 1993, History Colorado has funded 4,086 projects, providing more than $262 million to communities in the state.

“Historic preservation creates jobs, fuels local economies, and builds sustainable and strong communities, all while preserving Colorado’s rich architectural, archaeological and agricultural past,” said Steve Turner, AIA, vice president of preservation programs at History Colorado and deputy state historic preservation officer.

The money will further preserve the Pioneers Museum, formerly the El Paso County Courthouse. History Colorado funding will help complete the third phase of rehabilitation to the exterior of the building. By repairing masonry and plasterwork, the structure of the 1903 building can continue to safeguard the museum collection.

After the building’s use as a government institution ended in 1973, the public saved the courthouse from demolition. Aside from its use as the Pioneers Museum, the building also offers space for galleries, research and special events.