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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 on select dates 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. See next page for film details.
Voices of the Past: Quilts and Soddies
Location: Steamboat Springs Community Center
Join the staff from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for a walk through history as they share their insights into the pioneer experience of women who homesteaded the American West. The RMQM presenter, in period costume, will reveal the 1880s-1920s womens' experience utilizing the journals of women who lived during this time. Come hear from the diaries of pioneer women and see the beautiful textile creations that were made in their humble sod homes. $3 suggested donation
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature With Author Dagny McKinley
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Join author Dagny McKinley as we celebrate her book Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature. In 1914, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield envisioned a secluded institution nestled in the mountains, where art and nature could intersect. By the 1920s, their remote school & camp in Steamboat Springs was serving as a hub for top dancers of the time. In addition to training thousands of dancers, the school showcased equestrian jumping and performed plays by the masters. The theater program eventually attracted many of today’s leading actors and actresses. Author Dagny McKinley presents the story of America’s longest continuously running performing arts camp
Festival of Trees
November 11-20, 2017, 11am - 5pm
Don't miss the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees from November 11-20 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The museum is transformed into a magical forest of beautifully decorated trees by local school students, nonprofits, and businesses. Featured events are the Senior Tea on Nov. 16 and Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids on Nov. 18. Free for all Routt County residents! Regular fees for out of town visitors.
Annual Yule Log Hunt
December 11-22, 2017 (weekdays)
The 38th Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Monday, December 11. Each weekday’s clues will be posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page, air on local radio stations, and will also be printed in the Steamboat Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to ten days, unless the log is found sooner. Please note: The clues take you on a path towards the log’s hiding place; they do not describe the hiding spot itself.
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.

Senior Tea in the Trees
Don't miss this very special event for seniors during the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees. Come to the Tread of Pioneers Museum to enjoy refreshments and live music while mingling in the beautifully decorated trees. Don't miss the fun! No RSVP required.
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!

Click here to view full list of events.
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 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. See next page for topics.
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
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.
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!

Click here to view full list of events.
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

Festival of Trees
November 11-20, 2017, 11am - 5pm
Don't miss the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees from November 11-20 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The museum is transformed into a magical forest of beautifully decorated trees by local school students, nonprofits, and businesses. Featured events are the Senior Tea on Nov. 16 and Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids on Nov. 18. Free for all Routt County residents! Regular fees for out of town visitors.
Annual Yule Log Hunt
December 11-22, 2017 (weekdays)
The 38th Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Monday, December 11. Each weekday’s clues will be posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page, air on local radio stations, and will also be printed in the Steamboat Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to ten days, unless the log is found sooner. Please note: The clues take you on a path towards the log’s hiding place; they do not describe the hiding spot itself.
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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