20th Annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium 2023

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Experience interesting research and knowledge about our local history at the 20th Annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium. This year’s theme is Art, Artists, & Entertainers. Presenters, selected from proposals submitted by academics, researchers, and the general public, will explore the artists and entertainers that have left a rich legacy in the Pikes Peak region.

Artists and their creativity are at the heart of a region’s culture. The Pikes Peak region, with plentiful natural beauty, serves as a rich well of inspiration. Artists and entertainers are motivated by a variety of reasons: producing something beautiful, communicating a message, eliciting an emotional response, creating the reality they feel, or enjoying the creative process. 

Film Festival and Symposium 

Join us as we kick off this year’s Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium with a film festival featuring three short films that tell the story of local artists and their impact on the Pikes Peak Region. 

Films include: 

  • "Boardman Robinson: The Teacher"  
  • "Henry A. Clausen: The Danish American Wonder”
  • "Not Quite Hollywood: The Alexander Film Company’s 'Anatomy of a Psycho'” 

Sat., May 20 from 11 a.m. - noon – Penrose Library 

In-person Symposium 

Explore the history of our region’s creative heart through these live presentations. The in-person portion of this year’s Regional History Symposium will be at East Library, and a question and answer session will follow. 

Sat., June 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m – East Library 

Virtual Symposium 

Part of this year’s symposium will be presented in a live virtual session. Learn about the Colorado Springs Civic Players, the Jaz Age in Colorado, and historic jewelers.  

Mon., June 12 at 7 p.m. – online  

Registration is required for the virtual presentation. A Zoom link will be sent to you once you register.