Tales from the Tread: Summer events sizzle
Summer is heating up at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Whether you are new to town or a longtime local, you are sure to deepen your love of Steamboat Springs by digging deeper into the rich history of the area. Tread of Pioneers Museum’s events and programs are just the ticket. Still need another reason to go? All programs are free of charge, except the Parade of Homes fundraiser.
Weekly Heritage Walking Tours and Storytelling Series — June 26 to Aug. 31
• Olympic Heritage Tour – Watch ski jumpers soar through the air during practice as you explore Steamboat’s unparalleled Olympic prowess, the impact of Carl Howelsen and the history of Howelsen Hill, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the sport of ski jumping. Every Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Starts at Howelsen Hill Lodge, 845 Howelsen Parkway.
• Mineral Springs Walking Tour – Join a Yampatika naturalist for an informative tour that highlights the variety of mineral springs found in the area. Find out which spring was a favorite of the pioneers to make lemonade and which one inspired dreams of a spa resort. Presented by Yampatika. Every Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Starts at the Steamboat Springs Art Depot, 1001 13th St.
• Downtown Historical Walking Tour – This popular tour is an easy stroll through Steamboat Springs’ history. Hear the stories of the town’s founders and early businesses, learn about locally-produced building materials and discover the development of our town from a new perspective. Co-sponsored by Historic Routt County. Every Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Starts at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
• Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series – For more than 20 years, this local’s favorite oral history program has fascinated audiences. From family and ranching history to plane crashes and everything in between, get your front row seat to county history with the locals who lived it. Every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. For speakers and topics, visit treadofpioneers.org.
Special Events for All Ages
• Pioneer Day Block Party & Community Concert – We invite everyone to the museum after the parade on July 4 for this local’s favorite holiday event. Grab a free hot dog and sip on a cold Routt Beer Float as you listen to your favorite local swing band, Steamboat Swings. Kids activities, free admission to the museum, and more will keep your family entertained for hours. July 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.
• Steamboat Springs Cemetery Tour – Join renowned local historian, Jim Stanko as he tells the stories and visits the graves of the prominent residents, determined pioneers and brave veterans who played an important role in Steamboat Springs’ history. July 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Steamboat Springs Cemetery.
• Open House & Tours of the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse – Don’t miss your chance to tour this historic gem and learn about student and teacher life in Routt County’s rural one-room schools. Pioneer kids activities and games included. Co-sponsored by Historic Routt County. June 14 from noon to 2 p.m.; July 13 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Aug. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. 33985 U.S. Highway 40.
• Colorado Group Realty Parade of Homes at the Historic Crawford House – The Tread of Pioneers Museum is partnering with the Colorado Group Realty and the Crawford family to offer tours of this magnificent landmark that was the third home of Steamboat’s founding family. The tours are part of CGR’s Parade of Homes charitable fundraising event. Tickets required at paradeofhomessteamboat.com. Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1184 Crawford Ave.
Kids Specific Programs
• Pioneer Days at the Historic Mesa Schoolhouse – Kids will love these hands-on pioneer activities and demonstrations that take place inside this historic, one-room school. June 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.; July 19 from 1 to 3 p.m., 33985 U.S. 40)
• Lulie Crawford’s Wildflowers and Watercolors – Steamboat pioneer Lulie Crawford was a notable artist and musician and loved to paint the areas wildflowers. Join us at the Yampa River Botanical Park (1000 Pamela Lane) to learn about Lulie Crawford and her artwork, receive instruction from a professional watercolor artist and make your own wildflower paintings. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. June 22 from 9 to 10 a.m.; July 18 from 3 to 4 p.m.; Aug. 3 from 9 to 10 a.m.
Find more information at treadofpioneers.org. All tours and events are free unless otherwise noted.
Candice Bannister is the executive director of Tread of Pioneers Museum.
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