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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Past Events, Tours & P Programs

113th Annual Routt County Pioneer Picnic
Location: Steamboat Mountain School: 42605 RCR 36
Saturday - 06/10/2017: Noon-2:00pm; FREE
Bring a covered side dish or appetizer to share. Meat, drinks, dessert, and all tableware provided.
Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
A night of storytelling: Longtime perspectives on farming, ranching and agri-business in the Yampa Valley.
Location: 1289 Lincoln Ave
Monday - 03/20/2017 - 6:30pm; FREE
“Steamboat Round the Bend” Is Back In Print
Re-release event planned for then the date.
Location: Butcherknife Brewery, 2875 Elk River Road
Tuesday - 02/21/2017, 5:30pm; FREE
Celebrate Three Wire Winter: Launching Routt County history into the digital age
Location Library Hall 1289 Lincoln Ave
Tuesday - 03/28/2017, 6:30pm; FREE

Join Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum for the digital launch of the Three Wire Winter Oral History and Magazine collection.
Author talk and book signing with Chris Diamond
Thursday - 02/23/2017, 4:00pm; FREE
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
My journey through four decades in the ski-resort business, from the founding entrepreneurs to the mega-companies.

"You can't make this stuff up." Chris Diamond heard that refrain regularly during his 44-year career in the ski-resort industry, when he guided major ski resorts from Vermont to Colorado and was intimately involved in the most significant issues shaping the sport.
Meet David Moffat
Wednesday - 01/18/2017, 6:30pm; FREE
Storyteller and performer Dave Naples reveals the multimillionaire Moffat’s major contributions to Colorado’s development. Moffat was the builder of one of the most important and challenging railroads in the country (known as the Moffat Road), president of the First National Bank of Denver, and one of the wealthiest and most important businessmen in the West.

Yampatika‘s Fall Festival
This June will mark the 16th annual Wild Edible Feast – Yampatika‘s signature fundraising event. Freshly harvested wild plants, local meats, and awesome silent auction items – all of which are uniquely available this night only. Funds raised will stay in Routt County and go towards connecting people to nature by providing environmental education.
Dollar-a-Day Boys
Wednesday - 09/14/2016, 6:30pm; FREE, Library Hall
Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson presents a multi-media storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's federal works program created during the heart of the Great Depression. During its nine-year run beginning in 1933, over 57,000 men, known as the "dollar-a-day boys," served in Colorado, where they constructed hundreds of miles of roads, built bridges, worked on soil erosion control...
Olympic Heritage Tour
Location: Howelsen Hill Lodge, 845 Howelsen Hill Parkway
Cost:: Free
Starts at Olympian Hall/Howelsen Hill Lodge at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. This guided tour explores Steamboat’s Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl Howelsen; and the history of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Winter Carnival, Howelsen Hill, and ski jumping. Receive discount admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

The History of the Utes in Northwest Colorado and the Utes Today
Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12pm & 6:30pm
Place: Library Hall

A free community talk with Roland McCook, an Uncompahgre Ute, the great great grandson of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, former chairman of the Northern Ute Tribe, and a revered Ute historian.
Watercolor Artist Gary Hawk
5/6/2016- 12/31/2016
First Friday Art Walk Opening Reception on May 6 from 5:00-8:00pm

Two Friends Meet: Fine art prints depicting local rancher Vernon Summer by watercolor artist Gary Hawk

These limited edition fine art prints by renowned Western and Wildlife watercolor artist, Gary Hawk, capture the mood, quality and simplistic lifestyle that is uniquely our local heritage. The prints bequeathed to the Tread of Pioneers Museum by the Vernon Summer estate feature Vernon Summer, the quintessential cowboy, working on his Sidney ranch, just south of Steamboat Springs.
Quilts of the 1930s: Hard Times, Great Quilts
5/19/2016 - 6:30pm Steamboat Springs Community Center
Join the staff from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for a walk through history as they share their insight into the revival of quilting during the hard times of the 1930s. Learn about fabrics and prints and how to recognize a 1930’s era quilt. View approximately 20 quilts from the Quilt Museum's Collection.
Legendary Ladies of the West
Sun., March 6 @ 4PM
Tread of Pioneers Musueum's Newest Installment of the Foundation of Steamboat Exhibit.
Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Monday, March 21 6:30 p.m. Library Hall
Longtime perspectives on farming, ranching & agri-business
Valentines & Tea Kids Porgram
Sat. Feb. 13, 11am & 2pm
People of the Kawuneeche Valley with Dave Lively
Tuesday, March 8 6:30pm Library Hall

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present a FREE interpretive talk celebrating the west side of 100-year-old Rocky Mountain National Park
Pioneer Christmas Storytime & Craft
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 | 11:00am & 2:00pm
Tread of Pioneers Museum - 800 Oak. St.
Ages 4 and up with adult | No RSVP | Free! |
Pioneer Christmas Story-time and craft for Kids
Kids will hear about pioneer and Victorian holiday traditions and stories and will create a special Victorian holiday craft to take home. While you're here, see the museum's holiday decorations and get some holiday shopping done in the Museum Store! Don't miss the fun! Ages 4 & up with adult. FREE!
History with the Locals - Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Routt County History Snippets with Paul Bonnifield
Friday September 11 at NOON
Open House at the Crawford Home
Step back in time and tour the historic Crawford home. Built in 1894, the stately stone landmark at 1184 Crawford Avenue was the home of Steamboat’s founding family, the Crawfords.
Tuesday, July 14 tours at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00 & 5:30pm
Tour the Historic Brown Ranch
Saturday, June 27 11:00am-1:00pm (Open House)
Celebrate the Centennial of the Historic Brown Ranch! Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Mary Walker (descendant of Margaret Duncun Brown, the Sherpherdess of the Elk River Valley) for a personal tour of Brown's home in Clark.
FREE! no RSVP Required.
Apron Strings: The Ties That Bind
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Celebrate National Apron Day with the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Rugged Ranch Women: From Dawn to Dusk
In celebration of National Agriculture Week and Women’s History Month, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Community Agriculture Alliance present.
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: Noon
Cost: Free
History in a Jar
Food preservation over the last century and its importance today.
Friday, Feb. 27 at Noon at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Victorian Valentines Kids Program
When: Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11:00AM and 3:00PM
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th & Oak
Kids will examine antique Victorian Valentines from the museum collection, read the love notes inside, and make their own Victorian Valentines to take home. All materials included. Ages 4 and up with adult. 
Pioneer Christmas Story-time and Craft
When: Saturday, Dec. 20 11:00am
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th and Oak  Bring your children of all ages to hear Pioneer Christmas stories and tra- ditions from Routt County and the Old West. Holiday craft for kids fol- lowing the stories. Ages 3 and up with parent. FREE! NO RSVP required. 879-2214
Lost Ski Areas of Colorado's Front Range & Northern Mountains
Author Talk with Caryn and Peter Boddie
Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 PM
Tread of Pioneers Museum & Chief Theater Winter Film Series 2016-2017
Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian
Tuesday - 03/14/2017 - 7:00pm
Location: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave

The Tread of Pioneers Museum shows professionally produced historical films as well as rare local home movies from the museum’s collection in this winter-time film series. Join us once a month at 7:00 pm at the Chief Theater for a little local history and a lot of fun! Free! Each film is approx. one hour long.
Then and Now: A Historical Perspective on Recipes in Routt County
Featuring Fair Family Favorites: Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair Cookbook
Nancy Mucklow and other cookbook contributors will cook up their favorite recipes for participants to taste and discuss how recipes have changed over the last 100 years.

WhenFriday, Oct. 10 at NOON at the Tread of Pioneers Museum
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum. FREE!
Downtown Historical Walking Tour - Fall 2014
Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10:00am
Friday, Sept. 19 at 5:00pm
Friday, Oct. 3 at 5:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Meet at the Tread of Pioneers Museum on 8th and Oak St. for an easy walk through Steamboat’s history and the downtown corridor. After the tour, visit the Tread of Pioneers Museum and enjoy reduced admission for all walking tour participants. Sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Historic Routt County.
Open House at the Historic Crawford Home
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
1:00 - 3:00pm
Tour the 1894 stately stone landmark that was the home of Steamboat’s founding family, the Crawfords (1184 Crawford Avenue). Tours begin on the half hour at 1:00pm; last tour begins at 2:30pm.
Oak Creek Ghost Mine Driving Tour
Friday, July 11
9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $25 per person; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.
10th Mountain Division Exhibit Opening
Thursday, May 29
Cost: FREE
Family Scavenger Hunt of Downtown's Historic Buildings
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Cost: Free
Stop by the museum at 2:00 pm to pick up your scavenger hunt. Allow about 45 minutes for the hunt. Return to museum anytime before 4:00 PM for your FREE PRIZE!
Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek
Friday, July 11, 2014
9:00am – Noon
Leave the driving to us and join historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines as we travel by bus along Hwy 131 towards Oak Creek. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum with historian Mike Yurich. We will return to Steamboat by approx. noon. Meet at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
“I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story” film showing
Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:00pm @ Library Hall in the Bud Werner Library 13th and Lincoln Ave., downtown Steamboat Springs
Naked and Hungry
Friday, March 28th @ Noon @ the Tread of Pioneers Museum- 8th and Oak Streets, downtown Steamboat Springs
Strength & Heart
Saturday, March 22nd 6:00pm @ the Steaming Bean Coffee Shop (7th and Lincoln Ave.)
Meet an Olympian
The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Ski Resort are pleased to present meet “Meet an Olympian” from 1-2 pm on select Saturdays this winter. Hot chocolate will be provided at the Olympian Tribute display on the second floor of Thunderhead lodge at the Steamboat Ski Area for this free event.
Location: Thunderhead Lodge
Tuesday - 03/25/2017, 1-2pm; FREE: Billy Kidd
Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley
“Margaret Duncan Brown: Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley” Presentation by Mary Walker, Brown’s Decedent
Friday, Feb. 21 at Noon & 5:30 p.m. at the Tread of Pioneers Museum—800 Oak St. Beginning in 1918, Margaret Duncan Brown ranched alone for 47 years in the Elk River Valley of Routt County. Brown’s “indomitable spirit, her great sensitiveness, perception and philosophy of life” live in her diaries that are the foundation of the book Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley. Brown’s descendent Mary Walker will discuss the life and diaries of this most tenacious rancher. Call 879-2214 for more info.
Victorian Valentines & Tea For Kids
Saturday - 02/04/2017 - 11:30am
Location:Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th & Oak

Kids will discover the significance of Victorian Valentines, examine antique Valentines from the museum collection, and make their own Victorian Valentines to take home. All materials included. Ages 4 and up with adult.

FREE! Call 879-2214 for more information
Pioneer Christmas Story-time with Lulie Crawford
During the Festival of Trees 2014
When: Saturday, Nov. 15
11:00am and 12:00pm; two times
Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum: 8th an Oak
Call 970-879-2214 for more information
Haunted Tours of the Historic Crawford House
Featuring Ghost Stories from Historic Colorado
When: Saturday, October 25
Three times offered: 4:00, 5:30, 7:00, and 8:30 PM
Where: 1184 Crawford Ave.(corner of 12th and Crawford)
Cost: $5 tour fee per person
Ages: 10 and up - bring the family!


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