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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Events, Tours & Programs

“The Power of Heritage and Place” - An Evening with Dana Crawford
Join us for a special evening with Dana Crawford, notable preservationist, developer and recipient of the Governor’s Citizenship Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon Colorado citizens for their contributions to the vitality of our state.
Mad Creek Geology and History Hike
Join Yampatika and Tread of Pioneers Museum for a Mad Creek Geology and History Hike! Take a journey through geologic and local history gaining a new perspective on the Mad Creek area.
This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place
This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place” is an exhibit featuring the cherished buildings, special places, and community perspectives from the “This Place Matters” campaign during May 2019 for Historic Preservation Month.
Event: June 7, 2029 First Friday Artwalk (5-8pm) - exhibit opening reception with food and beverages.
Who Was the Sculptor in Buckskin?
Cost: Free
Alexander Phimister Proctor: His life was his art. His living was his love for his wife, family & hunting in the West. An evening with historian & storyteller Dave Lively.
Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater
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.
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
Meet an Olympian talks at the Steamboat Ski Area
Location: Second floor Thunderhead/upper gondola building at Olympian Tribute Display
Cost: Free
Meet Steamboat Olympians and hear their stories of triumph and hardship on their road to Olympic dreams. Presented by the Steamboat Ski Resort and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Lost Lodges of Rocky with Dave Lively
Location: Library Hall at the Bud Werner Memorial Library Memorial Library (1289 Lincoln Ave.) Tales of the historic lodges of Rocky Mountain National Park, presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Did you know there have been over 30 lodges in Rocky Mountain National Park? Why is lodging now limited to outside the Park’s boundaries? What happened to the camps and resorts that used to be in the National Park? Lost Lodges of Rocky explores the transitions in lodging for visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park. Engaging storyteller Dave Lively invites you to share the thought provoking search for balance between wilderness and hospitality unique to America’s first automobile-based National Park.
Historic Agriculture in the Yampa Valley
Location: Library Hall (1289 Lincoln Ave.)
Cost: Free
A night of storytelling: Longtime perspectives on growing up in the Yampa Valley. A special program in honor of Celebrate Agriculture Week, following up on our wildly successful 2015, 2016 and 2017 historic ag storytelling sessions which are now available in the archives at Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Snowshoe Through History with the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika!
Location: Legacy/Hutchison Ranch (35435 East Highway 40)
Cost: Free
Join Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika and explore the history and winter ecology of the Yampa Valley on snowshoes. Then enjoy indoor storytelling and pioneer family activities. This is a family friendly event with all ages welcome though activities are focused on ages 8- 12. Registration required--call or email to reserve your spot: info@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151
Snowshoe Through History Happy Hour for Adults
Location: Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch (35435 East Highway 40)
Cost: Free
Join Tread of Pioneers Museum and Yampatika at the Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch (35435 East Highway 40) for an informative snowshoe around the historic Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch. Then come inside and warm up with a complimentary happy hour and history talk. FREE event for adults over 21. Registration required--call or email Yampatika to reserve your spot: info@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151.
“The Go-Backer” with author and historian Peter Decker
After the Civil War, thousands of Americans and Europeans trekked west to secure a new home and farm under the provisions of the Homestead Act of 1862. But as historians have discovered, only three out of ten of these adventurers succeeded in achieving their dream. The other 70 percent—called the “go-backers”—either turned back toward home after one or two years, or if they “proved up” on their 160-acre homestead, they quickly “starved out.”
Steamboat Springs Cemetery Tour with Historian Jim Stanko
The Steamboat Springs Cemetery, established in 1882, offers a unique perspective on the people and events that shaped the town of Steamboat Springs and ...
Lost Art Revival
Lost Art Revival is a week-long event in September that celebrates traditional art forms that capture the spirit of Steamboat's Western heritage, unique sense of place and natural environment. Sign up for individual workshops, historical walking tour, and events or come for the full week and sign up for the Whole Hog. In partnership with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Creates and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
Author Andrew Gulliford: The Woolly West
Tales of cowboys and cattlemen dominate western history—and even more so in popular culture. But in the competition for grazing lands, the sheep industry was as integral to the history of the American West as any trail drive.Author and historian Andrew Gulliford explores the sheep industry’s place in the history of Colorado and the American West in his new book, The Woolly West.
Tour the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Step back in time and tour this historic gem while learning about student and teacher life in Routt County’s rural one-room schools. Pioneer kids activities and games included.
SNOWSHOE THROUGH HISTORY HAPPY HOUR
Cost: Free
Travel back in time with Yampatika and the Tread of Pioneers Museum as we explore the Legacy/Hutchinson Ranch on snowshoes before we head inside to warm up with some coffee, tea, cocoa, and warm alcoholic beverages
“The History and Skiing in Colorado” with Professor Duane Vandenbusche
Vandenbusche has been a professor of History at Western State College since 1962. He is the author of 11 books on western Colorado. He has deep knowledge and love of Colorado and skiing and is excited to share his passion with Steamboat Springs during Winter Carnival. www.treadofpioneers.org
AG Week Heritage Story Telling Event
In celebration of agriculture appreciation week, community Agriculture Alliance & Tread of Pioneers Museum presents AG Week Heritage Story Telling event. Longtime perspectives on farming and ranching with with Bill Gay, Connie Wagner and Linda Long.
Tread of Pioneers Museum & Perry-Mansfield Present - Wise Women: A Historical Evening at Perry-Mansfield
Join Friends of Perry-Mansfield and the Tread of Pioneers Museum for an intimate evening at the oldest camp of its kind in the nation.
Annual Yule Log Hunt
The 39th Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Monday, December 10. 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 Pilot/Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to ten days, unless the log is found sooner.
Ute Indian Pow Wow Dance Performance and Presentation
The Uintah River High School Nah- Na-Mah Culture Club will share their pow wow dances, music, and regalia in a special performance and historical presentation not to be missed. The Ute Indians were the original native inhabitants of the Yampa Valley, and the Tread of Pioneers Museum is thrilled to host these performers who will share their beautiful culture.
Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse
Set in the historic Mesa Schoolhouse, kids learn about life as a pioneer through various activities such as candle dipping, pioneer games, panning for gold, making mountain man possible bags, leather crafts, soap making, and more. Kids learn about teacher and student life in a turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse.
Human Imprint: The Structures, Artifacts and Evidence of Women at Historic and Exhibit
As a compendium to the works on view in the “Human Imprint” project, Gjertson will reveal the research and artistic process behind the project, including more information about specific sites and individual women whose lives remain relatively unknown.
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.
Tour the Historic Brown Ranch
Celebrate the history of the Clark area and the Brown Ranch! Join the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Mary Walker (descendent of Margaret Duncan Brown from the Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley) for a personal tour of the original log house and property in Clark.
FREE! No RSVP required.
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!
4th of July Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert
Don’t miss this favorite 4th of July tradition. After the 4th of July parade on Lincoln Ave., come to the Museum and enjoy a free community concert, kids’ activities, our famous Routt Beer Floats, and free museum admission for all.
A Taste of History - Historic cooking methods, recipes, and food tastings.
Cost: Free
Last Friday in January, February, and March at noon in the community room.
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
Each one-hour program features a lecture topic that reveals the unique history of our area presented by the locals who lived it. Check back for speakers ...
Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. This easy walking tour highlights the historic buildings and development of downtown Steamboat Springs and unveils the stories of the town's founding ...
Olympic Heritage Tour
Tours led by USA’s only six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick. Starts at Howelsen Hill Lodge at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. This tour explores Steamboat’s Olympic heritage; the multiple talents of Carl ...
History Happy Hours
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.
Mineral Springs Walking Tour
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 ...
Lulie Crawford's Wildflowers and Watercolors
The program is free and takes place at the Yampa River Botanic Park - 1000 Pamela Lane. Participants should meet at the large umbrella in the center of the park. All painting supplies are provided by the museum, and reservations are not required. Families can simply show up and have fun. Parents are also welcome to paint.
Behind the Scenes Tours of Collections
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).

 

 

 

 

Seasonal Tours

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!
Downtown Historical Walking Tour
Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. This easy walking tour highlights the historic buildings and development of downtown Steamboat Springs and unveils the stories of the town's founding ...
Mineral Springs Walking Tour
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 ...
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

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater
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.
Annual Yule Log Hunt
The 39th Annual Yule Log Hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will begin on Monday, December 10. 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 Pilot/Today. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to ten days, unless the log is found sooner.
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!
A Taste of History - Historic cooking methods, recipes, and food tastings.
Cost: Free
Last Friday in January, February, and March at noon in the community room.

 

 

 

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