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Tales from the Tread: Historical winter film series returns

If you go

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Historical Film Series

When: 6:00 p.m. Dec. 12, Jan. 16, Feb. 13 and March 13

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and Chief Theater are partnering up to show professionally-produced films and films from the museum’s collection in our annual historical film series. Join once per month at 6 p.m. this winter in the warm and cozy historic Chief Theater for this one-of-a-kind local entertainment. Each film is approximately an hour, and all films are free to the public, though donations are welcome.

“I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story” is the subject of the Feb. 13 winter film at the Chief Theater hosted by the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

Dec. 12 “Modern Marvels: Snow”

The series will kick off on Tuesday, Dec. 12 with the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels: Snow.” Discover the science, impact, dangers and excitement of snow in this popular episode of Modern Marvels. During the film, travel 2 miles into the sky, where scientist study the inner workings of clouds while perched high up on the mountaintop in Steamboat Springs at the Storm Peak Laboratory.

• Jan. 16 “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians” 

On Jan. 16, you are sure to be enlightened and inspired by the award winning film, “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians,” by Anne Makepeace. The film tells the dramatic story of Curtis, “a driven, charismatic, pioneer artist and photographer who set out at the turn of the last century to document traditional American Indian life before it disappeared,” said Makepeace. “He rose from obscurity to become the most famous photographer of his time.”

Curtis abandoned his career as a successful portrait photographer and spent 30 years creating an astonishing body of work capturing Native American culture in The North American Indian project including 10,000 audio recordings, 20 volumes of text, a full length motion picture and 40,000 photographs. The Tread of Pioneers Museum is the proud owner of 12 of these original Curtis Native American photogravures. They are on display, along with the trailer of the Curtis film and exhibit panels, at the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

• Feb. 13 “I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story”

On Feb. 13, we will celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics by showing “I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story.” Local Alpine ski racer and Olympian Buddy Werner became the first American to break the Europeans’ domination in the sport of skiing. Werner was the first American to win major international skiing awards making him the most accomplished American ski racer in history. Experience Werner’s triumphs, tribulations and tragic death in this 1997 biographical film by John and Joe Dee.

• March 13 “Stormy: The Story of a Mountain and a Man”

To end the series on March 13, we will honor Steamboat Ski Area co-founder, Jim Temple in “Stormy: The Story of a Mountain and a Man.” In the film, Temple recounts the founding of the ski resort, and rare film footage of the undeveloped mountain will take you back to a time when the ski area was just a dream.

Two Steamboat Ski Resort promotional videos from 1986 and 1994 will also be featured March 13: “Skiing Steamboat Style” and “Steamboat: The Place to Ski.” If you are a longtime local, you’ll remember these days gone by; if you’re new to town, you’re sure to love the look back.

For more information and for a full lineup and descriptions, go to treadofpioneers.org. See you at the Chief.


Candice Bannister is the executive director of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

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