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Open house Sept. 23 marks 36th anniversary of Westside's African-American Museum

       The African American Historical and Genealogical Society of Colorado Springs is holding an open house at the AAHGSCS Museum to celebrate 36 years: 1981-2017.
       The event will be Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the AAHGSCS Museum, 1620 W. Bijou St. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Inside the museum of the nonprofit African-American and Genealogical Society, founder/curator Candice McKnight stands in front of a handmade quilt featuring prominent black individuals.
Westside Pioneer file photo

       The museum offers displays and 200-some books about black history. Included are stories about black citizens who have lived or worked in the Pikes Peak Region, such as police officers and firefighters, as well as the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800s, Tuskegee Airmen of World War II and other prominent individuals.
       Located in the middle building of the Westside Community Center (between the cottages and the center's main office), the museum is in a former classroom from when the property was an elementary school.
       Museum curator Candice McKnight started the Genealogical Society in 2000 and in 2005 merged it with the Negro Historical Association, which had been founded in 1981. She relocated the museum to the Westside Community Center in 2010.
       Normal museum hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 385-7920 ext. 202, or e-mail aahgscs@aol.com.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 9/14/17; Community: Westside Community Center)

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