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Events, Tours & Programs

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater
Location: Chief Theater (813 Lincoln Ave.)
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.
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.”
An Artist’s View: Exhibit opening reception during first Friday Artwalk.
Please join us for "An Artist’s View" exhibit opening reception during rst Friday Artwalk on May 4 from 5:00-8:00pm. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Meet the artists!

Honoring the deep connection between art and history in the Yampa Valley, the Tread of Pioneers Museum is proud to host seven local artists who through their artwork, pay tribute to the Yampa Valley and its remarkable history. This mixed media exhibit reveals their individual styles and responses to this tapestry of our local landscape and culture.
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.
Festival of Trees
Don't miss the 24th Annual Festival of Trees from November 17-27 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 and Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids. Free for all Routt County residents! Regular fees for out of town visitors.
Ute Indian Pow Wow Dance Performance and Presentation
The youth leadership coalition of the Ute Indian Tribe of Fort Duchesne, Utah, will share their Ute customs, pow wow dances, music, and regalia in a special performance and historical presentation not to be missed.
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.
A Taste of History - Historic cooking methods, recipes, and food tastings.
Location: Tread of Pioneers Museum
Featured Recipes and Tastings for the Audience: Elaine Gay’s Sarvisberry Cobbler, Nancy Mucklow’s Buckle, and a surprise kringle. Local Steamboat coffee will also be served.
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

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 ...
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

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

Festival of Trees
Don't miss the 24th Annual Festival of Trees from November 17-27 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 and Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids. Free for all Routt County residents! Regular fees for out of town visitors.

 

 

 

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