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Warm Up with a Trip to the museum

January 14, 2019

On these cold January days, take a break from the outdoor activities to warm your bones and sweeten your soul with a trip to the Tread of Pioneers Museum.  Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this quint museum features a 1908 Queen Anne-style Victorian home with turn-of-the-century furnishings.  On display are various ranching, mining and pioneer life artifacts from Routt County, a comprehensive History of Skiing exhibit, as well as a Native American arts display.  The Western room, home of an extensive firearms collection, traces the Northwest Colorado agricultural history with a story of an infamous outlaw, Harry Tracy.  Special museum features are a computer interactive exhibit, Kids Scavenger Hunt, oral history library, local history research library, unique museum gift shop, and a historic photograph collection. 

Trust me, you can spend hours in the Tread of Pioneers Museum learning about the history and taking a walk back in time.  It is one of my favorite places to visit for an enjoyable past-time activity.

If visiting Steamboat Springs during select winter dates, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Films Series returns to the historic Chief Theater with films playing December through March at 6 pm.  The film series is a partnership and outreach program between the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Chief Theater that brings history, art, and entertainment under one roof.  All events are FREE (donations appreciated) and approximately one hour total.  Dates below:

Jan. 15, 2019
The Early Days of Mount Werner
Newly received home movie footage from the Werner family; “Stormy: the Story of a Mountain and a Man,” featuring Jim Temple’s story of developing the Storm Mountain (now Steamboat) ski resort; and “Mt. Werner,” a 1967 early promotional film.

Feb. 12, 2019
“The Last Ridge: The Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division”
A documentary film about World War II’s 10th Mountain Division’s mission in the mountains of Italy to knock the Germans from their impenetrable perch. Learn how the ski troops turned the tide for the Allies in Italy and revolutionized winter sports at home.  Plus see the museum’s clip of Steamboat’s favorite local veteran and Olympian, Gordy Wren, as he remembers his time with the 10th Mountain troops.

Mar. 12, 2019
“Sand Creek Massacre”
What would lead approximately 675 volunteer soldiers to attack a peaceful settlement of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians in southeastern Colorado Territory?  Learn about the horrific events and history of the 1864 conflict and massacre of Colorado’s Native peoples by Colonel John Chivington’s troop. Presented by Rocky Mountain PBS’ Colorado Experience.

For more information on the Tread of Pioneers Museum and film series at www.treadofpioneers.org.  Stop on by for a magical experience learning about Steamboat Springs and the old west.  Located at 800 Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.  


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