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Tales from the Tread: Historical films; historical theater

Candice Bannister/For Steamboat Today

Back by popular demand, the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Chief Theater are partnering up to show professionally produced historical films as well as rare local home movies from the museum's collection in our winter-time historical film series.

Once per month at 7 p.m. in the warm and cozy historic Chief Theater, for this one-of-a-kind local entertainment. Each film is about one hour, and all films are free to the public (though donations are welcome).

The series kicked off Nov. 11 with the "The Last Ridge: The Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division." In honor of Veterans Day, this documentary film's focus is the 10th Mountain Division's skiing soldiers and missions in the mountains of Italy during World War II.

On Dec. 16, we will show "Ski Sentinel: The Story of the National Ski Patrol." The film will be shown in conjunction with the Dec. 8 opening of a new museum exhibition honoring the 75th anniversary of the Ski Patrol in Steamboat Springs. The film outlines the history the National Ski Patrol in the colorful documentary by Rick Moulton. We will also show footage of early demonstrations of our local Patrol on the slopes of Howelsen Hill.

On Jan. 13, readers are sure to be enlightened and inspired by the award-winning film, "Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians." This film tells the dramatic story of one of the most famous photographers of his time, Edward S. Curtis, and his monumental quest to capture the traditional ways of Native people he believed were vanishing on reservations. Native people, who are descendants of Curtis' subjects, are interviewed in the film. As a bonus, we will show a sample of the Tread of Pioneers Museum's extraordinary Curtis photogravure collection.

On Feb. 10, we will celebrate Winter Carnival with a selection of historic home movie footage. Get a glimpse of Lincoln Avenue in the 1940s and 1950s and see the similarities and differences in the Winter Carnival street events — and the street and businesses — from the early days to today.

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To end the series March 9, we will surprise you with never-before-seen historic film segments of local events and interviews with local legends in a special "Curator's Selection" of short films.

For more information and for a full line up and descriptions, visit treadofpioneers.org.

See you at the Chief!

Candice Bannister is executive director of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

If you go

What: Historical film series

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

When: 7 p.m., Dec. 16, Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 9

Cost: Free