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OCC History Center plans programs in March, April and May

       Programs in March, April and May are scheduled at the Old Colorado City History Center.
       Located at 1 S. 24th St., the volunteer-run facility regularly features a bookstore and museum. Both are free to the public except during programs, which are $5 for non-members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       Winter hours are currently in effect - Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including how to become an OCCHS member, drop by the center or call when it's open at 636-1225.
       The upcoming events are:
       Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. - “We Are Beth-El Nurses: A Heritage of Caring at the Foot of Pikes Peak,” presented by Joanne Ruth, a former Beth-El instructor who published a book by that title in 2016.
       The book tells its 115-year history, how it grew from a nurse-training school to a hospital, then turned into Memorial Hospital after the city bought it in 1943 and finally branched off in 1997 to become the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS).
       Friday, April 14 at 11 a.m. - “The Pikes Peak Region Scouting Story,” presented by John Brown, a retired Air Force officer and long-time Boy Scout volunteer.
       Telling the 100-year history of the Boy Scouts of the Pikes Peak Region, the program will include a display of memorabilia and a signing for a book that Brown co-wrote, which “provides a pictorial narrative of the regional organization's legacy,” a press release states.
       Friday, May 12 at 11 a.m. - “Cowboy Music from History,” presented and performed by retired music teacher Keith Franzen in his guise as “Major Pikes Pete.”
       In the program, he will sing to his own arrangements of western songs - some well known, some obscure - and explain the stories behind them.
       Musical background for his singing will be provided by tracks that “Pete” pre-recorded using multiple instruments.

Westside Pioneer/press release