Steamboat Springs Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Films Series returns to the historic Chief Theater at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month December through March. Everyone’s invited to come out of the cold and into the warm and cozy Chief Theater to see all the fascinating films we have in store for you.
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The film series is a partnership and outreach program between the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Chief Theater that brings history, art and entertainment under one roof.
If you go:
What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series
Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
When: Second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. — Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and March 14
"It is such an honor to continue the tradition of the Chief Theater and the Tread of Pioneers Museum working together to honor the amazing history of our incredible town,” said Scott Parker, executive director of the Chief Theater.
The film series kicks off on Dec. 13 with a compilation of films that uncovers the extraordinary history of Steamboat Springs’ first inhabitants — the Ute Indians — in a selection of documentaries, film clips and local oral history segments from the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s collection. The event will include “The Original Coloradans,” a feature of Rocky Mountain PBS’s original series, “The Colorado Experience.”
On Jan. 10, we’ll feature the history and legacy of the one-and-only Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Discover what makes the century-old camp so special in the original 1979 documentary, "A Divine Madness." We will also show a Colorado State Historic Fund film documenting the recent preservation efforts to save this national treasure.
Vintage skiing is our focus on Feb. 14. See the 1953 Dr. Frank Howard film, So You Think You Can Ski?, “Hot Dog” skiing film footage captured by Dick Barrymore in the 1970s and clips from the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s ski film collection.
The series will conclude on March 14 with the award-winning film, "Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian." The film tells the dramatic story of Curtis, one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century, who dedicated his life to documenting traditional Indian life before it disappeared.
Curtis abandoned his family and career as a successful portrait photographer and spent 30 years creating an astonishing body of work capturing Native American culture that included 10,000 audio recordings, 20 volumes of text, a full-length motion picture and 40,000 photographs.
The film takes you to the tribes where descendants of Curtis’ subjects tell the story and meaning behind the haunting images.
This film has a special connection to the Tread of Pioneers Museum, since the museum owns 12 original Curtis photogravures in its collection. The images are part of a large collection of stunning Native American artifacts donated to the museum by the Pleasant and Carpenter families of Maybell and Hayden. Join us.
Candice Bannister is executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.