Museum Storytelling

Weekly, Fri. June 29, 2018 – Fri. Aug. 31, 2018

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.


Come to the Tread of Pioneers Museum and discover the history of Steamboat Springs through the locals who lived it.

This weekly one-hour program features a lecture topic that reveals the unique history of our area. Exciting topics have included the extinct mining town of Mount Harris, local outlaw stories, agricultural history, and local family histories.

Please note that there is no lecture on July 6.

Brown Bag Lecture SeriesDETAILS

Friday lectures will take place at the Tread of Pioneers Museum at Eighth and Oak streets from 12 to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Call the (970) 879-2214, for directions. Bring a lunch and a friend to this free event. For more information on speakers and topics visit

June 29: The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s featured art exhibit, An Artist’s View: Cultural and Heritage Landscapes, pays tribute to the Yampa Valley and its remarkable history through mixed media art. Join the exhibiting local artists as they discuss their art and inspiration in “An Artist’s View.”

July 6: Please note that there is no lecture this week.

July 13: “The Life of Margaret Duncan Brown.” For 47 years, Margaret Duncan Brown ran a successful ranching operation completely alone in the Elk River Valley. Family descendant, Mary Walker, discusses Brown’s life and diaries highlighted in the popular book “Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley.”

July 20: Utterback family member, Dian Utterback Dodson, shares her family history and memories from the historic home, now part of the Tread of Pioneers Museum, in “Family Home Turned Museum.”

July 27: “Rewriting My Father’s Words.” Routt County native Connie Wagner speaks about her experience writing her father Perley C. Green’s story, her family’s ranching history, and more.

Aug. 3: Verna Decker Whaley presents “Decker Family History in Toponas.” From her father filing a homestead claim in 1929 to raising her children, Whaley shares 91 years of memories in the Yampa Valley.

Aug. 10: Search and Rescue responder Jerry Alsum retells the story of the infamous Rocky Mountain Airways 1978 plane crash and rescue on Buffalo Pass in “The Miracle on Buffalo Pass.”

Aug. 17: Trudith Fisher recounts her longtime memories in Routt County and her ownership of the “Columbine Townsite from 1968-95.”

Aug. 24: “Winnie’s Day.” Through diary pages, historic newspapers, and family photographs, Diane Hitchens Holly reveals the extraordinary life of Winnifred Hitchens, a rural school teacher and ranch wife in Milner in 1918.

Aug. 31: Grand County Historical Association’s Executive Director, Shanna Ganne, shares Grand County history in “Grand County’s Historic Treasures.”