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Tales from the Tread: Museum’s History Happy Hour returns

Portrait of two men drinking Louis Obert Gold Beer. History Happy Hour, presented by the Tread of Pioneers Museum, starts back up Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Butcherknife Brewing Co.
Courtesy of Richard Gruss, ca. 1910. Missouri History Museum Photograph and Print Collection.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Legends, lore, mysteries, debauchery, conflicts, wars, crimes, lawlessness. The wayward ways of the Wild West is the focus of the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s popular event series, History Happy Hours.

Don’t miss the perfect pairing of local craft beer and the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County and Western history the first Tuesday of each month, October through April, at 5:30pm at Butcherknife Brewing Co., 2875 Elk River Road.

To kick off the series Tuesday, Oct. 1, history lover Frank Dolman will present “Western Con Men and Women in the 19th Century.” Learn how the daring and devious used their charming, smart and deceptive ways to con their victims out of big money. 

On Nov. 5, notable Western historian and scholar, Ray Sumner will discuss “The Battle of Julesburg.” The presentation is based on Sumner’s ongoing Ph.D. dissertation research and focuses on the Native American response to the Sand Creek Massacre. Sumner will also display recently discovered artifacts from the Julesburg Stage Station. 

On Dec. 3, join author Randi Samuelson-Brown to learn just how “Raucous Colorado” used to be when bad whiskey recipes, mining swindles and general bad behavior were the norm in the early days.

Samuelson-Brown’s first published novel, “The Beaten Territory,” is critically acclaimed and a finalist in various awards. Her nonfiction book, “The Bad Old Days of Colorado: Untold Stories about the Wild West,” will be released in May 2020.

On Jan. 7, local historian Paul Bonnifield will present “The Life of a Madam in Oak Creek.” The talk centers on Pee Wee, an Oak Creek madam who kept a diary that reflects a human story of heartache and love for her sons. She wrote about organized crime, the brothel she ran and the harshness of her husband. “The folks who attend this Happy Hour will leave with a different view of the life of a madam,” wrote Bonnifield.

On Feb. 4, Laurel Watson of the Hayden Heritage Center will present “Rowdy Routt County.”  Watson is the author of the book “The Yampa Valley Sin Circuit” that recounts the history and stories of those who lived and worked in our local red light districts. 

If you go

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s History Happy Hours
When: 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, October 2019 through April 2020
Where: Butcherknife Brewing Co., 2875 Elk River Road
Cost: Free event; donations appreciated. Space is limited. 21 and older.
Info: treadofpioneers.org

Author Linda Wommack joins March 3 for “Ann Bassett: Colorado’s Cattle Queen.” The award winning author has produced the first biography of the woman who fought cattle barons from taking her land for decades. Twice accused of cattle rustling, Bassett beat the charges and the men trying to take her land.

Revered local historian and author Sureva Towler is back to delight audiences with her wit and wisdom April 7 with “Hidden Treasures in Routt County Archives.” Towler worked with local historians, researchers and archivists to uncover unfamiliar local history and stories sure to fascinate the audience.

History Happy Hour is just one example of the museum’s partnership events with local organizations that bring unique history programs and events out into the community — to bars, coffees shops, the Chief Theater, library, schools and more. Attendees must be 21 and older, and space is limited. Cheers!

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


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