Past Exhibits

Pikes Peak Hill ClimbThe Pikes Peak Hill Climb Exhibit

Join us for race month at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center featuring the photography of Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, Robert Jackson. Mr. Jackson, a photojournalist with the Colorado Springs Gazette from 1980-1999, has captured the excitement of the Pike Peak International Hill Climb for over 40 years.

Pikes Peak Hill ClimbSee the dangerous turns, the wheels turning and the dust flying in this exciting collection of photographs. See the Unsers, the Donners, the Sanborns and many other racers race to the clouds atop America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak.


Manitou Arch circa 1913Manitou Springs—150 Years Strong (1872–2022)

The Heritage Center’s 150th Anniversary exhibit explores 5 key themes: Host Nation, Health Resort, Attractions, Community Builders and Road to Revival. A brief history of the Ute Nation is presented, as well as how Manitou Springs evolved from its initial roots as a Health Resort to a center of Tourist Attractions. Key people who shaped Manitou Springs as a hometown Community are featured. The exhibit also tells the stories of the town’s growth in the areas of architectural, business, environmental and artistic Revival. The onsite exhibit runs through December 2022. Several on-location events are planned in July and August to align with the exhibit’s key themes and provide community outreach. Go to exhibit page.

Eber Duclo and Manitou Go to War

Learn about the founding of American Legion Post 39 and George Eber Duclo, a World War I veteran from Manitou who was killed in action. See our collection of WWI and WWII artifacts, photographs and memorabilia and rare German and Japanese wartime artifacts, including one of the world’s remaining kamikaze talismen gifted by a surviving kamikaze.

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Stained Glass in Manitou’s Historic Churches

“The Art of Stained Glass in Manitou’s Historic Churches” featuring the photography of Jared Thompson. See the beautifully colored stained-glass windows of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Community Congregational Church through the photographic lens of local photographer, Jared Thompson.Learn about the history of Manitou’s famed churches and their windows into our town’s past.

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Fred Barr: Manitou Springs Entrepreneur

Local historian and avid hiker Eric Swab has done extensive genealogical and historic research on Fred Barr and provides a glimpse of the person behind the iconic trail that bears his name. In addition, Barr also operated a number of tourist sightseeing endeavors (like the burro rides at the top of the Manitou Incline) and was one of the original “Frozen Five” members of the AdAmAn Club.

The exhibit features information and images of some of Barr’s businesses, vintage Barr Camp and AdAmAn photos and artifacts, and pictures of the man himself. The Heritage Center is very grateful to the Pearson Family, who are related to Barr and have loaned several never-before seen images to this exhibit.

Who is Barr Trail and Barr Camp named for and why? What else did that person do in our area? Find out the answers to these and other questions in the latest exhibit at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center will have the Fred Barr exhibit open during regular hours.

bridgeHistoric Bridges of Manitou Springs

This newest exhibit at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will feature beautiful, modern images of the historic bridges found throughout Manitou Springs by Photographer Tim Plass, and historic images and information relating to the role these structures have played in building the City. Historic Bridges of Manitou Springs will also include information on the history of flooding in the area; providing an historic perspective on the 2013 floods that impacted the community.

Image by Tim Plasses

CC Parry Flower Exhibit

CC Parry Flower Exhibit Native wildflowers collected from Pikes Peak are on display at the Heritage Center through the summer, celebrating the 150th anniversary of CC Parry’s 1862 botany expedition up Pikes Peak. Charles Christopher Parry (28 August 1823 to 20 February 1890) was a British-American botanist and mountaineer. He studied medicine at Columbia University, and botany under several of the 19th Century’s pre-eminent botanists.

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“The mission of Historic Manitou Springs, Inc. is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.”
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