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Pueblo Heritage Museum

With your support Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center d/b/a Pueblo Heritage Museum continues to promote the history and diverse culture of Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado and provide visitors with a greater understanding of ourselves, our community, and our role in shaping the future.

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Exhibit Gallery

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Families

Description

The overarching mission of the PHM is to provide access to the historical collections of PHM and its member organizations and collaborate with other heritage/cultural organizations in order to preserve, promote, and interpret the heritage of Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado. PHM has a number of core activities intended to further this mission. Key among these are the gallery exhibits that illustrate Pueblo's story.

The gallery exhibits housed at the D&RGW Freight Depot Building belong to PHM and its member organizations. In addition, though not a member of the PHM, the Pueblo Army Depot rents exhibition space at PHM to display an exhibit on the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Gallery exhibits are accessible to individual visitors and through guided tours. Exhibits are organized according to theme and include:
• Nolan Land Grants
• Ute Indian Arts and Culture
• Pueblo Saddle Making
• History of Quilting/Sewing Machines
• Pueblo Levee Mural Project
• William Jackson Palmer
• Board of Water Works Exhibit
• Irish Heritage
• Pueblo Lion's Club Exhibit
• Depression Era Home
• Nuestras Familia - Colorado's Hispanic Heritage
• 1921 Flood
• Notable Women in Pueblo
• Pueblo Baseball and Runyon Field
• Explorer/Colorado's Native American Hispanic Heritage
• Schools of Yesteryear
• D&RGW Railroad Exhibit
• History of Pueblo Chemical Depot/Pueblo Army Depot Exhibit
• Kay Keating Carriages
• Greenhorn Store/Trading Company
• Archaeology/Petroglyphs/Pictographs
• Pueblo Branding Irons
• Colorado Governors from Pueblo
• Beulah Red Marble/State Capitol Building
• Buddy Johnson and the Colorado Rangers
• Pueblo County Dairies
• Rural Telephones Exhibit
• James N. Carlile Collection/Victorian Era Exhibit

Recently we have added interactive activities in the galleries for families to enrich their experience as they tour the exhibits. We have plans to add a recorded tour for use with children so that the displays are more child orientated. We also hope to add an area in the gallery where videos of historic events can be shown.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increase the number of tours and visitors to museum by 5% in 2017. Continue to increase social media ratings and favorable comments on social media sites.

The annual business meeting held in Oct. 2016 reported significant progress for the year to date with 3.000 visitors to the gallery in 2015 to a total so far this year, of 5,279 visitors.

Legacy Trunks

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Families
General Public
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Teachers

Description

The PHM Education Committee maintains various collections of artifacts organized by theme into "trunks" that are taken to schools as part of a topical presentation on Pueblo history. All presentations comply with Colorado educational standards and can be adapted to accommodate classroom schedules.

In addition, the Legacy Trunk program provides free onsite presentations for all Pueblo County Schools and free guided museum tours for school groups.
Groups outside Pueblo County or community groups may request a presentation for a nominal fee.


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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2015 Legacy Trunk presentations were provided to 447 children and 47 adults. Teacher evaluations of the presentations were positive and indicated that educators will increase their use of trunk presentations in the future. Specifically some of the teacher comments have been: students were engaged, loved the program, children liked the authentic clothing worn by presenters, and would ask for a presentation again. We currently lack anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of this program as we have just started formalizing our monitoring and evaluation process. We will have more data available next year.

At our annual business meeting in Oct. 2016 the board president reported progress so far this year. The present numbers of students and adults who have attended legacy trunk presentations is 1,733. This number far exceeded our expectation with an increase so far this year of 733 individuals.

2017 there was a decrease of participants who participated in the Legacy Trunk Presentations to 1,194. Education Committee and Board Members will continue to monitor numbers and evaluations to determine cause.


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