Saturday, July 21, 2012

Museum, library collecting fire memorabilia

Posted By on Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is teaming up with the Pikes Peak Library District to save memories and artifacts of the Waldo Canyon Fire for future generations.

The library wants to preserve photos, video, audio recordings and memories of the fire. The museum is also looking for memories, as well as artifacts that survived.

So far, museum director Matt Mayberry has rescued firearms, glassware, a jar that once held peach preserves, and a home-movie reel with the film scorched out of it.

Mayberry says that the thought is that in 50 to 100 years, residents "will look back at this as a pivotal moment in the region's history."

Items will be kept in the museum's permanent collection, if possible. Mayberry explains that not all items will survive very long due to their condition — one firearm, for instance, is corroding due to the effects of extreme heat.

Items and memories will also be used for an exhibit on the fire that will likely be put together on Waldo's first anniversary.

The best way to participate in the effort is to click the links above and fill out forms at the library and museum's websites. Employees are following up on those contacts.

"We've gotten terrific response," Mayberry says. "People have been very, very generous with their time, their memories, their homes."

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