COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs is known for its stunning scenery, abundant sunshine and mild climate. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum opened its newest exhibit, The City of Sunshine, and it explores how those things have impacted overall health in the Pikes Peak region.
Dating back to the late 1800’s, Colorado Springs was known as a premier health destination for the treatment of Tuberculosis.
“Tuberculosis was a horrible thing happening in our country,” said Megan Poole, the Pioneers Museum program coordinator. “A lot of people were dying from it and essentially doctors would say go west, go out to Colorado and seek the arid climate, the dry air, the high altitude and sunshine.”
Hence the exhibit’s name, the City of Sunshine. It explores not only that history but how the overall community has continued to uphold its identity of health and wellness.
“I would argue and I think there are tons of surveys and people in this building right now that would tell you they came out here because of the lifestyle,” said Poole.
Several non-profit community organizations like Upadowna, who identify with health and well being, came together today in support of the grand opening.
“We like to get people out and experience the health benefits that nature can offer,” said Upadowna COO Randy Hitchcock. “Whether you’re by yourself taking a walk through nature or with a community group, which is what we provide, getting outside and enjoying nature can really help your health.”
The exhibit features new interactive technology, a first for the museum.
“A lot of technology that we’ve never gotten to do before in this museum so we’re really excited, we’re pushing our boundaries which is so exciting.”
The exhibit also features everything from old photos, to replica sick patients and even the medicine used thought to cure Tuberculosis but the goal is making sure people leave with a new learning experience.
“It’s just getting them excited, having fun today but we always hope that those learning experiences will travel with them out of this building,” said Poole.
If you’re interested in checking out the new exhibit, the museum is free and open Tuesday through Saturday.