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 > “The History of Fur Trade Meals”
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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 > “Recipe: Indian Fry Bread”
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 > “The Life of Silas Soule”
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.
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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 > “The Life of William Bent”
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.
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 > “Tesoro’s Team of Interpreters”