Each fall, the Pikes Peak Historical Society holds an auction as its major fundraising event of the year. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the auction is being conducted online. The auction will go live off the PPHS website, http://www.pikespeakhsmuseum.org. Just look for the auction icon that will take you to the auction site. Once there, everything is self-explanatory. Donations of items for the auction can be made by emailing auction@pikespeakhsmuseum.org.

 “We are looking for services, gift certificates, trips, guided tours, handmade quilts, craft items, artwork and cash donations are always welcome,” said Kathy Perry, one of the organizers of the event.

 PPHS is among the largest non-profits in Teller County, with almost 500 members. Over 99% of the annual revenue is applied toward the museums and various programs. PPHS owns and operates two museums: Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum, at 18033 Teller County Road #1 across from the Florissant Post Office, and the Schoolhouse Museum located at Teller County Road #31 and Wildhorn. PPHS volunteers also manage the historic Florissant cemetery on behalf of Teller County and they present free educational programs. The organization installed beautiful sandstone signs for the town of Florissant and built an informational kiosk on the east side of town. All of these programs, and more, are done without taxpayer money. They are funded completely by donations, memberships, grants, and the generosity of the citizens of Teller and Park Counties. They are an IRS qualified 501(c)(3) [FID #84-1259188] non-profit organization, incorporated and operating since 1988.

 With pandemic concerns, they were unable to open their museums or offer any programs, but the cost of upkeep continues, which is why it was decided to hold the annual auction online. The auction will go live Oct. 23 to view all items. Bidding will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 and run through Oct. 28, ending at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23. To access the auction, go to Pikes Peak Historical Society, http://www.pikespeakhsmuseum.org. If anyone has something to donate or any questions regarding the auction, please email auction@pikespeakhsmuseum.org.

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