APPR: Special Collections Exhibits

Currently on display in the 1905 Carnegie at Penrose Library, PPLD's Special Collections has assembled two exhibits that coincide with the All Pikes Peak Reads 2012 theme of Survival .

The Titanic Disaster of 1912: As Seen Through the Eyes of Coloradans
This Special Collections display focuses on the accounts of Coloradans who experienced the Titanic disaster firsthand, including survivors Margaret “Molly” Tobin Brown of Denver and the Caldwell Family of Colorado Springs, as well as Charlotte Touzalin and May R. Birkhead, Colorado Springs natives who witnessed the rescue of the Titanic lifeboats from the decks of the Carpathia. This display features reproduced images from the Library of Congress’s collection and first-hand witness accounts of the disaster and the subsequent rescue mission.

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Colorado Springs
Between 1918 and 1920, a lethal influenza virus went on to kill an estimated 50 million people worldwide. Colorado ranked fifth in the U.S. in 1918 influenza mortality rates and Colorado Springs had its share of woes when the virus broke out among the Student Army Training Corps at Colorado College. The virus would go on to cause the Colorado Springs city health officer to order the closing of schools, churches, theaters, pool halls, libraries, and “every public meeting place of every character,” as a measure to avert a disaster. This display provides of an illustrated timeline of events as the virus spread throughout Colorado Springs in 1918.