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Events, Tours & Programs

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater
Location: Chief Theater
Cost: Free
Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Films Series returns to the historic Chief Theater December through March at 6pm. Everyone’s invited to come out of the cold and into the warm and cozy Chief Theater to see all the fascinating films we have in store for you.
Festival of Trees
November 12-21, 2016, 11am - 5pm
Don't miss the 22nd Annual Festival of Trees from November 12-21 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Yampa Valley Bank and Steamboat Ace Hardware are once again showing their devotion to the museum and our heritage by generously underwriting all of the costs for this fundraising event.
Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse
Join us at the historic Mesa School (33985 Hwy 40) for pioneer activities and crafts for kids ages 5 and up with adult. Activities include a Mountain Man demonstration showing how these rugged men of the past survived in the wilderness, a spinning wheel demonstration showing how wool goes from sheep to sweaters, including a hands-on drop spindle spinning activity, and candle dipping. Co-sponsored by the City of Steamboat Springs.

Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek - SOLD OUT!
FREE
oin historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines as we travel by bus along Hwy 131. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum. Space is limited so RSVP to Candice at cbannister@treadofpioneers.org or 879-2214 by June 24; fee: $25 for adults/non-members; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.
4th of July Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert
FREE
Don’t miss this favorite 4th of July tradition. After the 4th of July parade on Lincoln Ave., come to the Tread of Pioneers Museum and enjoy a free community concert with Steamboat Swings, kids’ activities, our famous Routt Beer Floats, and free museum admission for all. Co-sponsored by Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Villas and Alpine Bank.
A Taste of History - Historic cooking methods, recipes, and food tastings.
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Celebrate the second publication of the beloved late rancher, Elaine Gay’s cookbook, Cowpokes, Cowpies & Otherwise. The event includes food tastings of recipes from Gay’s book and peronsal remembrances.
Tours of the Historic Crawford Home
Cost: $5 donation for adults; kids and museum members FREE!
Location: 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.
Tours will begin on the half hour starting at 4:00pm–
last tour begins at 5:30pm. No RSVP– space is limited

Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series
Summer 2017: Fridays through September 1, 2017, noon - 1pm.
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum- 800 Oak St.
History with the Locals Who Lived It!

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Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Summer 2017: Thursdays through August 31, 2017, 9:00am-10:30am
Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. This easy guided walking tour highlights the historic buildings of downtown Steamboat Springs and unveils detailed stories of the town's founding and early settlers. Participants walk to and learn about the original town square, power plant, newspaper building, courthouse, and more. Receive discount admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Olympic Heritage Tour
Summer 2017: Tuesdays through August 29, 2017, - 9:00am-10:30am
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.

*No Olympic Heritage Tour on July 4
History Happy Hours
Location: Butcherknife Brewery, 2875 Elk River Rd.
Cost: Free
Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum the first Tuesday of every month, October through April, at 5:30pm at the Butcherknife Brewery (2875 Elk River Road) for our most popular event series called “History Happy Hours.” The event takes the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County history out to the community and into beloved happy hour. To sweeten the deal, each attendee receives one free craft beer compliments of Butcherknife Brewery.
Mineral Springs Walking Tour
Summer 2017: Wednesdays through August 30, 2017, 9-11am
Starts at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot on 13th St. Find out about the curative properties of the springs and why Steamboat was slated as a world-class spa destination. Join a Yampatika naturalist on this easy walking tour to find out which salty spring the animals loved, how the Steamboat Spring was named, and much more. Receive a coupon for $1 off admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Location: Mesa Schoolhouse
Step back in time! Tour the historic Mesa Schoolhouse (33985 Hwy 40) and experience student and teacher life at the turn-of-the-century in this one-room schoolhouse. Learn about historic toys and recess games, Routt County school history, and much more.
Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors Kid's Program
Location: Yampa River Botanic Park
Join us at the Yampa River Botanic Park to explore our area’s wildflowers and create your own watercolor painting of them, just like Lulie did when she was a child. Instruction provided by a professional watercolor artist. Ages 5 and up with adult. Please RSVP to Tamra at tmonahan@treadofpioneers.org or 879-2214.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Collections
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
See next page for complete list of dates.
Go behind-the-scenes with our Curator to see the thousands of artifacts being preserved in our on-site collections care facility (1/2 hr. tour).

Historic Places Bike Tour
See historic Routt County by bicycle! Simply download the historic places self-guided bike tour guide (created by the City of Steamboat Springs) and learn about the Seventh Street District, the Mesa School, and many more places then go see them for yourself!

 

 

 

 

Seasonal Tours

Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek - SOLD OUT!
FREE
oin historian, Jim Stanko, as he recounts the history of the ghost coal mines as we travel by bus along Hwy 131. In Oak Creek, we’ll tour the Tracks and Trails Museum. Space is limited so RSVP to Candice at cbannister@treadofpioneers.org or 879-2214 by June 24; fee: $25 for adults/non-members; $20 museum members; $10 children under 12.
Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Summer 2017: Thursdays through August 31, 2017, 9:00am-10:30am
Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. This easy guided walking tour highlights the historic buildings of downtown Steamboat Springs and unveils detailed stories of the town's founding and early settlers. Participants walk to and learn about the original town square, power plant, newspaper building, courthouse, and more. Receive discount admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Olympic Heritage Tour
Summer 2017: Tuesdays through August 29, 2017, - 9:00am-10:30am
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.

*No Olympic Heritage Tour on July 4
Mineral Springs Walking Tour
Summer 2017: Wednesdays through August 30, 2017, 9-11am
Starts at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at the Depot on 13th St. Find out about the curative properties of the springs and why Steamboat was slated as a world-class spa destination. Join a Yampatika naturalist on this easy walking tour to find out which salty spring the animals loved, how the Steamboat Spring was named, and much more. Receive a coupon for $1 off admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Historic Places Bike Tour
See historic Routt County by bicycle! Simply download the historic places self-guided bike tour guide (created by the City of Steamboat Springs) and learn about the Seventh Street District, the Mesa School, and many more places then go see them for yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Events

Annual Yule Log Hunt
The yule log was found by Doug and Suzi Warner under the trees at Strings Music Festival on the mountain at 10:30am on December 10. The log was found after the release of clue number five. Although clue number five did not describe clues to the hiding place, Doug and Suzi said they found the log by honing in on the Mt. Werner and ski resort areas because clue number five talked about the old warming hut on the mountain. They scoured the area around where the warming hut used to stand, then worked their way down Mt. Werner Road looking around both barns. They decided to look at the fire station on Pine Grove Road, and as they passed the Strings Music Festival, they thought it would be a good idea to search there and found the Yule Log. They said finding the Yule Log has been on their bucket list since 2005.

Festival of Trees
November 12-21, 2016, 11am - 5pm
Don't miss the 22nd Annual Festival of Trees from November 12-21 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Yampa Valley Bank and Steamboat Ace Hardware are once again showing their devotion to the museum and our heritage by generously underwriting all of the costs for this fundraising event.
Pioneer Day Block Party - July 4th
Every year on July 4th, the Tread of the Pioneers Museum hosts the annual "Pioneer Day Block Party". This "old fashioned" block party takes place (following the 4th of July parade down Lincoln Ave.) in front of the Museum at 8th and Oak Streets.

 

 

 

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