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Tales from the Tread: Brown Bag Lecture series offers unique look at Yampa Valley

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If you go

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Summer Lecture Series

When: Noon Fridays from June 24 through Sept. 2

Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

Cost: Free

Information: treadofpioneers.org

What makes Steamboat Springs unique and such a great place to live and visit? Time and again, we hear, “The people and the Western Heritage.”

The Brown Bag Summer Lecture Series at the Tread of Pioneers Museum combines the best of both — our valley’s rich history and fascinating stories told by the intriguing locals who lived them. The lecture series, now in its 19th year, has become a locals’ favorite summer tradition and an essential tool for recording oral history for the museum archive and future generations.

If you go

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Brown Bag Summer Lecture Series



When: Noon Fridays from June 24 through Sept. 2

Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.



Cost: Free

Information: treadofpioneers.org

All lectures are free and take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the museum, located at 800 Oak St., unless otherwise noted. Don’t miss this summer’s series to learn more about our valley’s exceptional history and people who shaped it.

Following are a list of lecture topics for the 2016 season.

June 24: Geoff Blakeslee, Yampa River project director for the Nature Conservancy, presents “The Legacy of the Carpenter Ranch.”

July 1: Special tour — “Ghost Mine Driving Tour to Oak Creek,” with historian Jim Stanko. Hop on our bus and ride in comfort as you see and learn about the coal mining history of Routt County along Colorado Highway 131, then tour the Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek. The tour is from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members. Register before Friday at topmuseum@springsips.com.

July 8: “The Ludlow Massacre and its Ties with Coal Miners’ Upheaval in Routt County” is explained by historian Paul Bonnifield.

July 15: Tread of Pioneers Museum Curator Katie Adams uncovers the stories behind some of the museum’s most intriguing collection items and offers safeguarding tips for your personal treasures in “Treasures from the Tread.”

July 22: Author of the newly released book, “Is There a Hospital in This Place?,” Christine McKelvie highlights a century of hospital care in Steamboat Springs.

July 29: “Reflections from Northwest Colorado,” reveals inspirations for 30 years of writing with longtime local and author John Whittum.

Aug. 5: Wanda Gumprecht Redmond reflects on the importance of her teenage 4-H experiences in South Routt County in “Growing up with Head, Heart, Hands & Health.”

Aug. 12: Routt County Cattle Women present: “Local Women in Agriculture.” Learn what it takes to be an agricultural woman today and the role past women have played in creating a successful local beef industry.

Aug. 19: In partnership with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s All Arts Festival, local artist and arts organizer Chula Beauregard presents “A Celebration of Routt County’s Heritage and Community Through Visual Art.” This lecture is part of the “Midday at the Museums” event. Before this lecture, join us at 11:00 a..m at the Steamboat Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Milestones: 30th Anniversary of the Plein Air Painters of America.”

Aug. 26: Shaunna Watterson presents her McPhee and Campbell family history in “Red Grandpa/Grey Grandpa.”

Sept. 2: Retired photographer Modesto Compestine narrates “Four Seasons,” a film he created for rancher Frank Harrison. The 1960s footage depicts one man and his team of horses haying, feeding and moving cattle, and breaking horses over the course of one year.

Candice Bannister is executive director of Tread of Pioneers Museum.


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