Cultural Heritage - History - Museums
517 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
Historic Manitou Springs is an educational non-profit based in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak which operates the Manitou Springs Heritage Center and was formed in 1997. The mission is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Region.
The intent of the organization is to educate citizens and visitors in order to increase appreciation and understanding of this unique community. Before opening the Center, Historic Manitou was operated by a board of three persons – Jean Garrity, Deborah Harrison and Michelle Anthony. During the initial 10 years, the team developed a track record of participating in and supporting community projects and events, such as restoration of the Eastern Gateway Arch, rehabilitation of Mansions Park, installation of over 30 historic interpretive plaques throughout town, and placement of the memorial in Crystal Valley Cemetery for Emma Crawford. The Center has presented the “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” haunted walking tours as part of the Annual Emma Crawford Festival (i.e. the events surrounding the Coffin Races) since its inception.