'Major Pikes Pete' returns to OCC History Center for Founders Day Aug. 12
The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will present Keith “Major Pikes Pete” Franzen as the entertainment for Founders Day Sunday, Aug. 12.
The retired music teacher will perform “A Musical Walk Through History” as part of the annual celebration of Colorado City's founding in 1859.
Free and open to the public, the event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the society's History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Commemorative cake will be served.
A former music teacher, Franzen has performed twice previously at the History Center, most recently in May. He uses his own pre-recorded accompaniments to back up his singing. His Founders Day show will include the works of Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin and John Philip Sousa.
Before being annexed into Colorado Springs in 1917, Colorado City was its own municipality for 58 years. Many of its residents worked for the railroad or the gold mill. Its downtown is now a historic shopping district dubbed Old Colorado City.
OCCHS is the all-volunteer society that owns and operates the History Center. The converted church offers a museum (free admission) and a bookstore specializing in regional history.
The society also presents special programs throughout the year. The summer hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 636-1225 while the center is open.
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