Category: Colorado History

Cookies for Santa – and Your Whole Family!

‘Tis the season for baking holiday treats with family or friends, and rumor has it that jolly old Saint Nick is a big fan of cookies on Christmas Eve. This year, try something other than the traditional frosted sugar cookies or homemade chocolate chip cookies and treat Santa to biscochitos, a special New Mexican Christmas treat.

Biscochitos, or New Mexican shortbread cookies, are anise-flavored cookies rich in flavor, but still light. The cookie was brought to the Southwest by the … Read the entire post >

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Tesoro’s 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Art Market

We had another great year hosting Tesoro’s 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Art Market on the grounds of The Fort. Our guests were accompanied by family, friends, mountain men, artists, dancers and beautiful weather. It was an unforgettable and “waughsome” celebration!

The event was a fun day full of activities for the whole family. Guests were able to experience demonstrations from mountain men and women, trappers and traders. Our mountain men and women paired up with guests to teach them a … Read the entire post >

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Back to School at Tesoro Cultural Center

It’s back to school time in Colorado, and Tesoro Cultural Center is excited to welcome visitors for a variety of educational programs. Tesoro is dedicated to offering public education outreach in an effort to preserve Colorado’s rich history and cultural heritage of the 19th-21st century.

Kiowa Curriculum
The Kiowa Curriculum is an oral history video, “The Kiowa People: In Their Own Words,” and includes a companion activity packet. The program features a Kiowa tribal member, John Emhoolah, … Read the entire post >

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Old Forts of the American West

As settlers moved west in the 19th century, forts were established for a variety of reasons. Some were built on the basis of anticipated use for protection, others as a way to protect commerce along the trails. Contrary to popular belief, however, most American west forts weren’t built to protect the settlers from Indians. They were instead built as a way to maintain peace across tribes, as well as between American Indians and emigrants.

While some of the original … Read the entire post >

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What to Anticipate at the Indian Market and Powwow

On May 14 and 15, Tesoro Cultural Center will host its sixteenth annual Indian Market and Powwow. Held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, near Morrison, just off 285 and Highway 8,  the weekend-long celebration includes powwow performances and competitions, as well as Colorado’s largest authentic American Indian juried art show, featuring nationally acclaimed artists.

At 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, festivities begin with the customary Gourd Dance. Following the dance at 11 a.m.—and new to the event … Read the entire post >

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Bent’s Old Fort Gives Visitors a Feel for Fur Trade Life

Carpenters, blacksmiths and trappers, oh my! This past March, “Frontier Skills Day” at Bent’s Old Fort invited visitors to step back in time more than 180 years, and live a day as frontiersmen through an immersive role-play experience. Hosted by the National Park Service, the March 19 event put visitors to the test with survival activities such as adobe brick-making, frontier cooking, fur trading and learning Indian sign language.

“Frontier Skills Day” reenacted the bustling life of the historic fort, … Read the entire post >

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Awards Nominee, “The Revenant,” Lightly Seasoned with Western Culinary History

The 88th Academy Awards are just around the corner, and much of the Oscar season buzz has surrounded the highly acclaimed 12-time nominee, “The Revenant.” The western revenge epic of real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by Oscar-ready-and-waiting actor Leonardo DiCaprio), has brought the American west to the forefront of pop culture—and believe it or not, highlights some of the traditional western fare served at The Fort!

“The Revenant” confronts the significance and brutality of the fur trapping trade, and the … Read the entire post >

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Save the Date for Colorado’s Largest Authentic American Indian Art Show

Tesoro Cultural Center will host its 16th annual Indian Market & Powwow on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and entrance fees – $5 for adults, $3 for students with valid IDs, and free admission for children under 12 and seniors 65 years and older – benefit Tesoro’s ongoing educational programs.

Tesoro Cultural Center’s Indian Market & Powwow is a yearly … Read the entire post >

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Comfort Food and Historic Cocktails, These Are a Few Of Our Favorite Things

As the colder winter months descend upon Colorado, our thoughts here at The Fort naturally gravitate toward filling our belly’s with scrumptious comfort food in front of a roaring fire. This, paired with the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, has inspired us to share two iconic recipes from our historic cookbook library, in hopes that you might celebrate the glorious indulgence that is comfort food, as well as the return to the rich traditions of craft fermentation and distillation … Read the entire post >

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Tesoro Cultural Center Thanks Denver’s SCFD for Generous Grants

Tesoro Cultural Center received nearly $63,000 in grant money in 2015 from Denver’s Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Tesoro, a Tier III SCFD organization, would not have the funding for its K-12 educational programs, oral history films, curriculum materials for teachers, or to operate its two largest cultural celebrations, Indian Market and Powwow and the 1830s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market, without the support of the SCFD.

Since 1989, the SCFD has distributed funds from a one-tenth of … Read the entire post >

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