March is Women's History Month and to help with the celebration, the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Traveling Portrait Gallery will be on display at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry throughout the month.
Visitors to the museum at 225 North Gate Blvd. in Colorado Springs will be able to test their knowledge of the intriguing Colorado women who are featured in the exhibit and enter to win one of four family museum memberships, each valued at $50.
At 11 a.m. on March 23 there will be a presentation by the Hall of Fame on “Women's Work in the Mining Camp.”
The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame's website address, www.cogreatwomen.org, says a lot about the organization whose mission is “To inspire by celebrating and sharing the lifetime contributions of Colorado's extraordinary women.”
Women inducted into the Hall of Fame include both historical and contemporary women who have “shared foresight, vision, and the power of accomplishment but lacked a forum for recognition.” The Hall of Fame is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that was founded in 1985.
Of course, the museum won't be all about women in March; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16, is Family Exploration Day, featuring “Is it Magic? No Electricity!” Families will be able to explore the marvels of electricity through games, presentations (Tesla Coils!) and the actual operation of power plants, including Lego steam engines and generators!
Families will learn about early inventors who experimented with electricity and then do their own experiments with batteries and circuits. The day includes special presentations by Cool Science, Colorado Springs Utilities and the Nikola Tesla Museum. Visitors are sure to get a charge out of it!
Finally, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 29, spend “Spring Break with the Burros!” The museum's two burro mascots Nugget and Chism, will be on hand to greet visitors, who can also tour the museum, learn about the important role burros played in Colorado's mining history, shop for prospecting supplies at the museum's imaginary 1800s general store and then venture outside to feed the burros some carrots or apples.
Customary admission applies to most museum events. Visit www.wmmi.org for more information.