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Past Exhibits

Semotan - A Steamboat Legacy Since 1886
Feb. 2015 - Feb. 2016
Tread of Pioneers Musueum's Newest Installment of the Foundation of Steamboat Exhibit.
Cows, Coal and Commerce: 109 Years of the Moffat Railroad in Steamboat Springs
On Display-Oct. 6, 2017 – Oct. 28, 2017
Catch the train! To help celebrate the Creative Caboose renovation project, the Tread of Pioneers Museum presents Cows, Coal, and Commerce: 109 Years of the Moffat Railroad in Steamboat Springs exhibit at the historic Depot Arts Center, home of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Utilizing historic photographs, personal accounts, and artifacts the exhibit outlines the various impacts of the railroad’s arrival in Steamboat Springs.
Journeys West: Pioneer Tales from the Wagon Trail
On Display: 6/15/2015 – 5/2017
In 1873, the Crawford family loaded up their wagons in Sedalia, Missouri and headed to Colorado in search of a new life in the area that would eventually become Steamboat Springs. But how did they and other pioneer families do it? What were their routes? What did they eat? How did they survive sickness, inclement weather, wild animals, treacherous mountain passes with no roads and the grueling long hours? Drawing on diaries, personal memoirs, photographs and actual objects from Routt County’s first pioneer families, “Journeys West: Pioneer Tales from the Wagon Trail” explores what life was really like for these brave frontier adventurers.
Lost Steamboat
On Display: 2/3/2017 – 4/30/2017
A photographic exhibition from the Tread of Pioneers Museum collection of significant buildings lost over the years.

River rock, logs and quarry stone: the practical builders and architects of Routt County used locally available material to build Steamboat Springs’ early stores, schools and churches. As a result, those buildings reflected history, geology, talent and Northwest Colorado style.
Snowflakes - Nature’s Dazzling Design Photograph Exhibition
On Display from December 10, 2013 - April 10, 2014

Discover nature’s dazzling designs through this photographic exhibition of enlarged microscopic images of snowflakes from photographer Kenneth Libbrecht and world famous weather and snow crystal photomicrography expert Wilson A. Bentley.
Soldiers On Skis
World War II Exhibit Open May 29, 2014 - May 30, 2015
The Horse
6/2015 - 5/2016
Explore the profound relationship between horses and humans in Northwest Colorado

“When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.” Winston Churchill From the Ute Indian’s first use of the horse in the 1630s to the modern Dude ranches of today, horses are a central part of our local history.
Art Of The Crawfords
Opens July 24, 2015
Two Friends Meet
Exhibit On Display
“Two Friends Meet”

These limited edition fine art prints created by Hawk, a renowned Western and wildlife watercolor artist, capture the mood, quality and simplistic lifestyle that is uniquely our local heritage. The prints were bequeathed to the Tread of Pioneers Museum by the Vernon Summer estate and feature Vernon Summer, the quintessential cowboy, working on his ranch in Sidney, just south of Steamboat Springs.
Creativity in Motion: Celebrating 100 Years of Perry-Mansfield : June 2013-May 2014
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp began in 1913. Located in a charming, rustic camp setting in Steamboat Springs’ Strawberry Park, the camp is the longest continuously operating camp of its kind in the United States. Creative and educational programs in dance, theatre, art, music, writing, equestrian, and more, make it a unique haven for diverse artistic expression for students ages eight through college. Camp founders Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield had a tenacious and innovative vision. Their vision and camp are thriving today in its 100th year.
Foundations of Steamboat Exhibit: The Squire/Hogue Family
On Display: 3/2016 - 3/2017
The Foundations of Steamboat exhibit honors families who have made a significant contribution to Northwest Colorado. With roots in Routt County since 1884, the Squire/ Hogue family has successfully run a 100-year- old ranch and an iconic historic downtown building. The exhibit is told through the words of Margaret Squire Hogue, a light-hearted and hard-working rancher and mother. Highlighted are family keepsakes and a 10th Mountain Division soldier’s love letters sent from the front lines of World War II.
Ski Patrol in Steamboat Springs: Celebrating 75 Years
12/2015 - 6/2016
When Norwegian ski jumper Carl Howelsen introduced recreational and competitive skiing and ski jumping to Steamboat Springs in 1913, he could have never imagined the skiing legacy that would follow. Known as the “Father of Skiing in Colorado,” in Steamboat Springs, Howelsen started the first ski club and Winter Carnival (both now over 100 years old) and built the first ski jump on a steep hill in downtown Steamboat Springs, now known as the Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Howelsen’s influence would later transform Steamboat Springs into “Ski Town USA®,” a town now boasting more Olympic athletes than any other town in the nation.
Foundations of Steamboat: The Summer Family: October 2013 - September 2014
The Foundations of Steamboat Exhibit Series highlights families whose members have made a significant contribution to Northwestern Colorado. This year the Tread of Pioneers Museum honors the Summer family.


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