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Pikes Peak Regional History Lecture Series

Calendar Event Date: 
Sat. August 19th, 2017 -
02:00pm to 03:30pm
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum 215 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Pikes Peak Regional History Lecture Series: From 1878 to 2017: A Tale of Two “Great American Eclipses"
presented by Steve Ruskin, Historian

The upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 is being called the Great American Eclipse. But it is not the first eclipse to deserve that title. In the summer of 1878, when the American West was still wild, hundreds of astronomers and thousands of tourists traveled by train to Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas to witness America’s first “Great Eclipse.” Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak played an important role in that eclipse, an event that changed the direction of American astronomy.

Steve Ruskin is an award-winning historian of astronomy, with a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of two books and over fifty articles, chapters, and reviews. He was a visiting researcher at Cambridge University, England, on a grant from the National Science Foundation. He is on the Board of Advisors for the National Space Science & Technology Institute and is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Donations welcome!

Groups: Please make a reservation at least two weeks in advance of your visit at or by calling (719) 385-5990.