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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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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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Tesoro’s 2017 Historic Lecture Series (Cont.)

Each year, our historic lecture series features the finest humanities scholars, historians and authors in the field of Western American history. The lecture series cultivates a new appreciation for diverse cultures that shaped our current landscape. From Apache wars to The Fort’s own ghost stories, 19th century American Western history comes alive through each lecture.

Dinner lectures at The Fort Restaurant include a special prix fixe menu, featuring The Fort’s famous salad, award winning guacamole, entrée and dessert*. All proceeds … Read the entire post >

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Holiday Traditions with Tesoro Cultural Center

‘Tis the season for holiday festivities, and at Tesoro Cultural Center, we celebrate in historic fashion, with traditions unique to Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, near the original Bent’s Old Fort. This year, make our traditions your own, and celebrate the season with Tesoro Cultural Center.

Farolito Lighting and Pinecone Ceremony

When: Sunday, November 26, from 4-6 p.m.

Where: On the grounds of The Fort Restaurant (19192 CO-8, Morrison, CO 80465)

Cost: This event is free, and … Read the entire post >

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Head Back to School with Tesoro

School is back in session, and we’re excited to welcome students, teachers and parents for a variety of educational programs, which are dedicated to bringing the diverse history of early Colorado to life.

Bent’s Fort: A Crossroads

This two-hour fieldtrip, held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, explores the history of Bent’s Old Fort and Colorado. Led by educators and interpreters dressed in authentic attire, this program is ideal for students grades third through eight. In accordance with Colorado … Read the entire post >

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Trade Economics at Bent’s Old Fort

During the 1830s and 1840s, people from many different cultures traveled the Santa Fe Trail and met at Bent’s Old Fort. Known as the “Castle of the Plains,” Bent’s Old Fort was a private international trading fort located on the Arkansas River which quickly became a hub of commerce and trade.

Hunters and fur trappers were essential to the outpost, bringing food and pelts to keep the rich fur trade thriving. American Indian interpreters maintained communication with surrounding tribes, while … Read the entire post >

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