Eye of the Archive: A Giant Move

You know that feeling after Thanksgiving dinner when you’ve eaten five helpings of food but then can’t really move off of the couch? It was all worth it, and delicious, but things are … tight. That’s how I felt at the Aspen Historical Society, until recently. See, I’m the archive building. I sit behind that giant brick mansion […]

Aspen in Objects: A Madam’s Corset

Aspen’s first tax-generating business was not mining, freighting, dry goods or even saloons; it was prostitution. The City of Aspen ordinances adopted in 1880 set aside a special area near the railroad depot for cribs and “female lodging” in order to confine the “trade” to a few blocks and to keep tabs on the disreputable […]

100 Years of Aspen High School Yearbooks

Go back in time to figure out who was Aspen’s biggest flirt in 1998 or what graduating seniors had to say about each other in 1910, all from the comfort of your computer. We recently digitized Aspen High School yearbooks from 1909 to 2010 (with some years missing), and anyone can browse them here. That means […]

Make it a Sweet Pea Summer

So it gets to the end of summer and you have a beautiful garden full of sweet peas that look like this: Now you can show them off. Tag your garden with #sweetpeasummer on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or email your photos directly to, and you’ll be entered in our contest for a sweet award. Sweet […]

Ready to Wear: Aztech Mountain & Aspen Historical Society

Heifara Rutgers was born and raised in Aspen, and his Aztech Mountain menswear reflects that. Take, for example, the Italian-made Caribou Club down-fill jacket, which has a print of the historic Thunderbowl lift lining its inside. Each year, he partners with the Aspen Historical Society archives team to find a singular, striking image to be […]