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Welcome, Indian Market Artists!

Over the first weekend of June, Tesoro Cultural Center will celebrate its 19th annual Indian Market & Powwow. One of our favorite aspects of this cultural celebration is the juried art show and marketplace, featuring the inspiring work of American Indian artists, many of whom have won awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum in Arizona. We are excited to feature a few of the artists joining us this year – some for the very … Read the entire post >

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The Life of Kit Carson

In the Southwest, the name Kit Carson is almost synonymous with “fur trapper” or “frontiersman.” This real-life historical figure became the subject of folk lore and legend even in his own time, as he expanded the fur trade and forged new trails across the West during the mid-19th century.

Raised in Missouri in the early 1800s by poor farmers, Carson made his way west to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1826. He began fur trapping two years later, moving north … Read the entire post >

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The History of Fur Trade Meals

In the mid-1800s, the fur trade expanded to the American West, with mountain men trappers, merchants and American Indian tribes eager to exchange their wares at trading posts across the frontier. While the opportunity to swap pelts, ammunition and ingredients initially brought these traders together, the meals they shared at these posts provided rare and welcome moments of community on the expansive prairie.

At popular trading posts like the original Bent’s Old Fort, guests were welcomed with an impressive meal. … Read the entire post >

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2018 Tesoro Cultural Center Holiday Events

‘Tis the season for upcoming holiday events at Tesoro Cultural Center and The Fort. Please join us for these cultural holiday traditions, including the Farolito Lighting, Las Posadas and more. These events are rooted in traditions unique to southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Make these traditions your own by celebrating with us this year!

Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony

When: Sunday, November 25, from 4-6 p.m.

Where: On the grounds of The Fort Restaurant (19192 CO-8, Morrison, … Read the entire post >

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Event Recap: 1840s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market

Tesoro was pleased to host our annual 1840s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market on the grounds of The Fort in September. Held each year in Morrison, Colo., this event commemorates the historical connections between the American mountain men and the Hispanic communities of Bent’s Old Fort (1833-1849). Bent’s Old Fort was an important fur trading post along the Santa Fe Trail. This event drew record-breaking attendance.

An exclusive, member-only Meet the Artists Patron Party on Friday evening kicked off … Read the entire post >

Recipe: Indian Fry Bread

The exact roots of Indian Fry Bread and its traditions are unknown, but Sam’l P. Arnold – co-founder of Tesoro Cultural Center – believed it could not have been made prior to when the American Indians began trading with settlers. Once they were able to trade for metal kettles, frying became a common cooking technique for American Indians and it is believed that Indian Fry Bread was initially introduced to them in the form of German or Dutch donuts, called … Read the entire post >

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The Life of Silas Soule

Captain Silas Soule is best known for refusing to participate in the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, where 150 unarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho women and children were murdered in present-day southeastern Colorado. Because of the testimony and letters Soule left behind, the truth behind the Sand Creek massacre is known.

(Photo: Kansas Historical Society)

Born in Maine in July of 1838, Soule was raised in an abolitionist family. In 1854, Soule’s father and oldest brother left for Kansas to join … Read the entire post >

18th Annual Indian Market & Powwow

As Colorado welcomes back warm weather and longer days, we’re preparing to welcome its beloved Indian Market & Powwow this summer. The 18th annual celebration will take place on the grounds of The Fort Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. The event offers plenty of free parking, family-friendly activities and more. Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, admission is just $5 per person; children 12 and under are free. The cost of admission benefits our … Read the entire post >

The Life of William Bent

William Bent, a prominent trader during the Fur Trade era, was born in St. Louis in 1809. Bent followed his older brother, Charles, into the fur-trading business as a young man.

(Photo: Fine Art America)

William and Charles Bent formed the Bent St. Vrain Company, which specialized in American Indian trade. After traveling the Santa Fe Trail several times, the Bent’s – along with Ceran St. Vrain – formed Bent’s Fort, an adobe outpost along the north bank of the … Read the entire post >

Tesoro’s Team of Interpreters

Adult and Senior Education Programs

Tesoro Cultural Center was founded with the mission to create community-based events and educational outreach programs that celebrate our cultural heritage. Inspired by Colorado’s rich history, our events and programming feature traditional arts created by renowned artists, historical demonstrations and reenactments, music and more.Adult and Senior Education Programs

Tesoro Cultural Center’s core programming wouldn’t be possible without our dynamic team of historical interpreters. Tesoro’s interpreters strengthen ties between Tesoro and its visitors through advanced interpretative techniques that promote and create living history experiences for … Read the entire post >

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