February 5, 2014
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Louisville, my hometown, has the Kentucky Derby. New Orleans, the city of my alma mater Tulane University, has Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. To my delight, I have made my home for the past 19 years in a town just as steeped in festive tradition with the Winter Carnival, the oldest continuous winter celebration of its kind in the West.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum’s 2014 Brown Bag Summer Lecture Series is up and running and is sure to deepen your love of Routt County.
The “Lost Steamboat” exhibit now is open to the public at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The display features historical photographs of significant buildings that are no longer standing.
Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp is a hidden gem in Strawberry Park and is renowned for promoting creativity in the arts. To celebrate the camp’s 100th anniversary, the Tread of Pioneers Museum opened the exhibit “Creativity in Motion: Celebrating 100 Years of Perry-Mansfield” in June 2013.
Last year, the Tread of Pioneers Museum completed its most significant project to date. The 4,200-square-foot museum expansion project provided a museum-quality collections facility for our growing collection, along with additional exhibit space for the compelling stories of our community’s heritage.
Beginning in 1918, Margaret Duncan Brown ranched alone for 47 years in the Elk River Valley of Routt County. Brown’s “indomitable spirit, her great sensitiveness, perception and philosophy of life” live in her diaries that are the foundation of the book Shepherdess of the Elk River Valley.
A current highlight in the “Ski Town USA” exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum is a new display called “Looking Towards the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.”