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Western Heritage Month

October is Western Heritage Month in Steamboat Springs. Here in Steamboat, we take pride in our Western spirit. From working ranches freckled through the county, to our simple way of tipping our hat to a passerby, Steamboat remains home to a historical and unique culture. 


October Western Heritage Events

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The Heritage Show: Exhibit on display Oct 7-29Western Heritage Comes Alive

Celebrate Western Heritage Month with artwork that explores Steamboat’s history. Potential themes to explore in your work include ranching, trains, skiing, agriculture, folklore, nature, a sense of place, and the changing demographics of the Yampa Valley. The contemporary art in this exhibition will be contextualized with historical and archival materials that provide more information about the history of this place and the people who have lived here.


Tread of the Pioneers Museum

Foundations of Steamboat: The Luekens Family: Exhibit On Display October 2021 – October 2022

The Foundations of Steamboat exhibit honors families who have made a significant contribution to Northwest Colorado. For over 50 years, the Luekens family served the Steamboat Springs community as civic leaders, charter members, and volunteers. After his arrival to the valley in 1913, Claude Luekens was a force of progress and leadership through service in local government, town development and improvements, and business. “He considered it his job to make sure Steamboat was put on the map,” Claude’s son, Claude Luekens Jr. once said.

History Happy Hour: Oct. 5: "Colorado Women of the Ku Klux Klan with Betty Jo Brenner"

After twenty-three years with Colorado Humanities as a history programs coordinator, Betty Jo Brenner is now an independent public historian who illuminates the history of women's roles in sustaining white supremacy and the KKK in the early twentieth century.

The Pleasant Collection of American Indian Art: Exhibit On Display June 23, 2022 - May 2023

The newest exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, “The Pleasant Collection of American Indian Art” opens to the public June 23 and showcases an exceptional array of cultural objects from the Southwest including ceramics, basketry, weaving, and beadwork. Collected by Maybell, Colorado, native H.B. Johnny Pleasant, the extensive collection of exquisite artifacts was gifted to the museum over sixty years ago.


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Lens to the Landscape: The Photography of John Lanterman

This exhibit illustrates the history and settlement of Routt County through the lens of historic structures, landscapes, and other elements of the built environment. The history of Routt County and Northwest Colorado is explored through photographic images that tell a story of early ranch life, the evolution of towns, and the influence of the natural systems on the development of the Yampa Valley.

A narrative accompanies each image to augment the story, lending depth, and insight to the photographs.



Steamboat Art Museum

Soft Pastel Workshop with Cliff Austin

Artist Cliff Austin will be leading a soft pastel workshop on October 14 - October 15th. Explore the Steamboat landscape through soft pastels. You can learn more about the workshop here.


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The Jace Romick Gallery

The Jace Romick Gallery focuses on the exhibition and sale of western contemporary artwork. You can learn more about the gallery and featured artists here

Standard Western Art + Drink

Standard Western Art + Drink is a new new-West themed gallery and wine bar. You can learn more about the gallery and featured artists here.

Local History

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path carries books by local authors and about local interests, including Western history.

Bud Werner Memorial Library

The Bud Werner Memorial Library carries books by local authors and about local interests.

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