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We’re delighted to announce that, by popular demand, two of the Victorian “fancy craft” hair wreaths we featured here on The Big Something last week have been placed on display beginning today, Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. We hope you’ll go see them both because they’re incredible to look at close up and also because the Pioneers Museum, like many non-profit cultural institutions, can use your help right now.

Each day we aspire to unearth one of the many amazing cultural treasures that lie stashed in dark and ignored corners of our region and bring it to light. When doing so results in the outpouring of interest and response from you about something like the hair wreaths, which then results in said wreaths being put out on display all within the course of a week… WOW! We couldn’t have imagined such an excellent form of community collaboration. Thanks to Matt Mayberry and Dave Ryan at the Pioneers Museum and thanks to all of you for making this happen. We sincerely hope that your feedback and suggestions will continue to shape the course of our cultural treasure hunting.

On that subject, we also hope that awareness of some of these treasures leaks out into the broader culture. As coincidence would have it, we just learned about an excellent new online compendium of places like The Pioneers Museum that house the very kinds of esoterica and curiosities we like to bring to you here locally. It’s called…

atlasobscuracapture.

And it has a dizzying array of wonders from around the world. Not to be mistaken for a catalog of roadside attractions, the AtlasObscura aims for wonder and delight more than kitsch and schlock. Among many categories of Obscura, you’ll find: Follies and Grottoes, Purveyors of Curiosities, Micro-Nations (Republic of Kugelmugel is the only entry!), Wonder Cabinets and oh so many more. A great way to take a freak’s tour of the world from your armchair.

As of yesterday, Colorado Springs had no oddities in the AtlasObscura, so we quickly corrected that by adding the Pioneers Museum, their wreaths and historical relics.

We hope you’ll help us add more obscura to the Big Something’s growing encyclopedia by posting comments below or emailing us your thoughts and ideas for more Big Somethings in the Pikes Peak Region to: thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!

 

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