This historic photograph depicts Northwest Colorado photographer AG Wallihan. The work of Wallihan and his wife Augusta, along with three other late 19th and early 20th century photographers from the region, will be displayed at the Steamboat Art Museum in a new exhibit.
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Families are invited to the Steamboat Art Museum on Tuesday, March 15 for an educational event centered around the ongoing “Portraits of the American West” exhibit.

The event, “Family Night at the Museum,” is geared toward families with children ages 5 and up and will feature games, a scavenger hunt, art projects, storytelling, and more.

“There will be something for everyone,” said Dona Steele, education coordinator at the Steamboat Art Museum. “It will be a fun night to get together and enjoy the beautiful exhibit.”



The exhibit features photographs and memorabilia from five western photographers who wanted to document the changes they saw happening around the turn of the century.

The event is a collaboration with the Tread of Pioneers Museum, which donated a collection to the Steamboat Art Museum for this exhibit. The Pleasant Collection of Native American Art was originally collected by Northwest Colorado landowner H. B. Pleasant and his son Richard in the early 1920s. The collection, which includes Edward Curtis’s photo prints, was donated to the museum in 1961 by Richard’s aunt and uncle, Eunice and Farrington Carpenter of Hayden.



Now it is part of “Portraits of the American West”, with work by Rolland Reed, LA Huffman, AG Wallihan and Augusta Wallihan.

Capturing images of Native Americans, ranching and life in the West, these five photographers have been driven to document a changing landscape in order to preserve it over time.

The family home evening event aims to educate about an often forgotten past.

Katie Konold, education coordinator for the Tread of Pioneers Museum, said much of Tuesday’s event will focus on developing and educating about Native American culture.

“We bring hands-on artifacts that kids can see and touch and hopefully inspire them to learn about Native American culture,” Konold said. “They were thriving cultures and tribes, and it’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about this world.”

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