The renovation of the Archives Building is complete! Come visit to see the changes and view our collection. Please call (970)925-3721 to make an appointment.

AHS Campaign

The Aspen Historical Society operates the largest archive of images, historical papers, maps, and artifact collections in the region. Our Archive Facility houses priceless artifacts from every era of the Aspen valley’s history including the vast Mary Eshbaugh Hayes Photography Collection, maps of 1800s mining claims, Andy Mill’s Olympic uniform, and Elizabeth Paepcke’s gardening hat. Our Curator and Archivists work directly with the public to assist in historical and genealogical research and respond to every individual inquiry. Each year our collection grows, as do our number of archival consultations. The Archive Facility was built in the 1970s and it’s time for an upgrade. Please join our effort and consider a gift to our Campaign which will preserve Aspen’s exceptional history for future generations.

GOAL: The Aspen Historical Society Campaign will help renovate our Archive Building to best protect our collection. This will allow us to display more of our collections as well as host additional and larger educational programs and lectures. The AHS Campaign will also strengthen our endowment and open our facility, our collections, and our expertise to an even wider audience. These enhancements will support our mission: to enrich our community through preserving and communicating its remarkable history.

Total Campaign Goal: $3 Million

$1 million in capital expenses for the renovation of our Archive Building: a community space for exhibitions, educational programming, and events; a 35% increase in our collection storage capacity; a state-of-the-art climate control system and advanced hazard-protection system to safeguard our collection; additional space for offices.

$2 million to strengthen our Endowment: increases the size and availability of our educational programming, supports research positions, and enhances the use and development of our vast archive collection.

Composition of the renovated Archive Building:

Jess Bates and Clayton Hayes watching sheep along Bleeker Street in 1965. Mary Eshbaugh Hayes Collection.

Architectural Renderings

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FAQs

If AHS receives public funds, why conduct a capital campaign?

  • A historic park and recreation district generates .300 mill, or three-one-hundreths of a cent per $1 of assessed value, which cannot be spent on capital improvements or the endowment. It is earmarked exclusively for sustainability of historic sites and education.
  • The assessment generates roughly $700,000, which funds a portion of our education and historic sites. It is paid by property owners in the area that constitutes the Aspen School District.
  • Therefore, this campaign must generate the necessary funds to renovate our Archive Building and strengthen our endowment.

Will there be increased operational costs associated with the remodel of the Archive Building?

  • No. This is a renovation that will improve conditions, not increase staff.
  • The design will reduce utility costs and make the Archive Building more energy efficient.

What is your current endowment?

  • AHS has four restricted endowments in place totaling $580,000.

Why increase the endowment?

  • To protect and ensure the longevity of educational programming, fellowships, and research projects, as well as fund the accessioning of collections, such as the vast Mary Esbaugh Hayes photo collection.

What is your pledge period?

  • We welcome pledges of five years or less.
  • We have received a matching challenge grant of $500,000 and your generous gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

The Aspen Historical Society thanks contributors to our Campaign to renovate our archives and add much needed funds to our endowment. This list represents gifts received through December 12, 2016.

Robert Albright, In Memory of Helen Klanderud
Anonymous (3)
City of Aspen
Aspen Alps
Aspen Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE)
Aspen Painting, Inc.
Aztech Mountain
Brigette and Rick Balentine, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Susan and Charles Bantis
Vicki Bauer
Rhonda Bazil and Thomas Todd, In Memory of James Moran
Marci and Bob Beattie
Christine Benedetti
Janie and John Bennett
Katie and Carl Bergman
Katie and Carl Bergman, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Susan Bernard
Susan Bernard, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Andrea Berry, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Betty & Ace Dillon Advised Fund of the Hutchinson Community Foundation
Bluebird Productions
The Boettcher Foundation
Marsha and Jack Brendlinger, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Linda and Robert Brining
Sarah Broughton and John Rowland
Andrea and Chris Bryan, In Memory of Helen Klanderud
Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum
Kay Bucksbaum
Kay Bucksbaum, In Memory of Helen Klanderud
Bobbie and Richard Burkley
Liza and Rick Burnham
Terry Butler, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Ruth Carver
Ruth Carver, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Megan Cerise Winn
Megan Cerise Winn, In Memory of James Moran
Sarah Challinor
Clark’s Market
Jane Click, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Ned and Jan Cochran, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Sally Cole
Connect One Design
Anne Cooke, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Cooper Family Foundation
Christin Cooper and Mark Taché, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
The Crestwood Condominium Hotel, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Pamela Cunningham
Sandra Dallas, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Frances and Fred Davies
Frances and Fred Davies, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Frances and Fred Davies, In Memory of Ruth White
Decorative Materials
Cynthia and James DeFrancia
Marc Demmon
Marc Demmon, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Development Solutions Group, In Memory of Helen Klanderud
The Nick DeWolf Foundation
The Nick DeWolf Foundation, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Chelsea and Chace Dillon
Rebecca Donelson and Robert Blattberg, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Double Diamond Moving & Storage
Judith Dunn
Jocelyn and Dave Durrance
Virginia Edelson
Jill Teehan Edinger
Rose Marie and Timothy Edinger
Elyse Elliott and Jeremy Bernstein
Nancy Emerson
Evolve Structural Design
Joseph Falcone
Suzanne and Bob Fike
First Western Trust Advised Fund at Aspen Community Foundation
Sistie Fischer
Jane Floyd
Forum Phi
Margaret A. Frank Fund
Marilyn and Chuck Frias
Frias Properties of Aspen LLC
GH Phipps Construction Company, In Memory of Helen Klanderud
Nina Gabianelli
Nina Gabianelli, In Memory of James Moran
Garfield & Hecht, P.C.
Sara Garton, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Donna Genet
Christine Gerschel and Peter Dahl
Christine Gerschel and Peter Dahl, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Getz Family, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Nicole Gogolak
Hilary and Daniel Goldstine, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Ernie and Bill Goodnough, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Candace Goodwin and Rick Blauvelt
Chrisanne Gordon
Susan and Philip Grover
Lisa and Ken Hammerle
Lisa and Jim Hancock
Georgia and Andy Hanson
Ruth Harrison, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Ruth Harrison, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Megan Harvey
The Hayes Family, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Lauri Hayes, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Brigid and Brian Hazen
Kristen Henry, In Honor of Klaus Obermeyer for his 97th birthday and for his many contributions to Aspen’s skiing history.
Linda Vitti-Herbst and Clancy Joe Herbst, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Juliane Heyman
Melinda and Jeff Hildebrand
Angela and Henry Hite, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Darrow Hodges
Jason Hodges
Timothy Hogen
Gail and Phil Holstein, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Holy Cross Energy Round-Up Foundation
Hilde Hottendorf
Logan and Justin Hood
Denise Hoogland
Ellen and William Hunt, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Jacqueline and Robert Hutton
Mary Ann Hyde, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Mary Ann Hyde, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Jane Jenkins, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Denise Jurgens and Kevin Messerschmidt, In Memory of Helen Klanderud
Jackie Kasabach
Lee Keating and Tom Bowers
Sue and Bob Kendig
Anne Kirby
Mary Helen Klare, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Kathy and Warren Klug
Constance Knuth and Lawrence Clay
Kathryn and John Koch
Carol Ann and Don Kopf, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Carol Kozlow
Ruth Kruger
Cari and Jeff Kuhlman
Karyn Gerschel Lamb
Donald Lang
Rita Leader
Dede and Moses Lebovits
Les Dames d’Aspen, Ltd
Les Dames d’Aspen, Ltd, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Jonathan Lewis and Mark Zitelli
Daylene and Gary Lichtenwalter
Barbara and David Lipman
Donna Livingston, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Cristal and Mark Logan, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Paula and Monty Loud, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Judith and Amory Lovins, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Marlene Maddalone
Nancy and Robert Magoon
Beryl Manuel
Margulf Foundation
Ramona* and Jim Markalunas, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Laura Mathews
Kelly and Bryan May
Kelly and Bryan May, In Memory of James Moran
Nancy Mayer
Mona Look-Mazza and Tony Mazza
McBride Family
Tita and Dan McCarty
Travis Lane McDiffett
Betty Anne and Jim McManus
Debra and Andy Mill
Laura Miller, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Peggy and Barry Mink, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Michael Monroney
Caroline and John Moore
Pamela Moore
Carolyn and Tom Moore
Carolyn and Tom Moore, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Mary and James* Moran
The Clifton H. and Sheridan C. Morris Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas, In Honor of
Brian Hazen
Mary and Roger Moyer
Lee Mulcahy
Shirley Mulvaney, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Kelly Murphy and Danny Sullivan
Kelly Murphy and Danny Sullivan, In Memory of James Moran
Robert Murray, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Marcie and Robert Musser
LTC Janis Nark and John Pennington, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Kerry and Ricki Newman
Rick and Virginia Newton, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Ann R. Nitze Charitable Trust, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Bette Oakes, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Cherie and Leonard Oates, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Sarah Oates
Oates, Knezevich, Gardenswartz, Kelly & Morrow, P.C.
Blanca and Cavanaugh O’Leary
Judith Swift and Dick Osur
Ruth Owens Hanrahan
Jama and Jay Parker
William Parker Jr.
Fonda and Charles Paterson
Merbie and Tom Payne
Carol Peachey
Performance Ski
Hensley and James Peterson, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Sara and Lysle Peterson
Amy and John Phelan, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Helen and Art Phillips
Barbara Platts
Wayne Poulsen, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Louis & Harold Price Foundation, Inc.
Lynda Price and Charles McDonald
Project Resources Group
RMS Concrete
Margaret Wilson Reckling
Margaret Wilson Reckling, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Margaret Wilson Reckling, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Reese Henry & Co.
Barbara Reid and David Hyman
Lynda and Stewart Resnick
Lynda and Stewart Resnick, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Rowland + Broughton
Margaret and Dwayne Romero
Diana Rumsey
Lynn Russell and Stoney Davis
Heifara Rutgers and David Roth
Kay Sandberg, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Shereen and Jordan Sarick
Jan and John Sarpa
Gregory Sawka, In Memory of Helen Klanderud
Rachel and Brian Schaefer
Betty and Lloyd Schermer
Betty and Lloyd Schermer, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Margot Schiff, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Julie and Steve Schlafer
Julie and Steve Schlafer, In Honor of Sue Kendig
Gita and Frank Schneider-Sickert
Paul Schoenfeld, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Judith Schramm, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Anna and Bubba Scott
Anna and Bubba Scott, In Memory of James Moran
Carolyn Bell Sharkey and Sara Walker, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Tom Sharkey*
Eliza Flug Sheldon, In Memory of Marty Flug
Smuggler Consolidated Mines
Audrey Spiegel, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Patti and George Stranahan
Curt Strand
Freddie and Arthur Stromberg
Freddie and Arthur Stromberg, In Honor of the Brunton, Copeland, and Twining Families
Dolores Stutsman, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Sean Susanin
The Thrift Shop of Aspen
Phyllis and Robert Throm
Phyllis and Robert Throm, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Cathy and Michael Tierney
L’Deane Trueblood, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Megan Twitchell
Megan Twitchell, In Memory of James Moran
Jill Uris
Tony Vagneur
Tony Vagneur, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
George Vetter, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Walt Crimm Associates
Daniel Watkins
Lenny Weinglass
Judy and Lester Weison, In Memory of Tom Sharkey
Ellen and David Welborn
John Werning, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Paul Williams
Anita Witt, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Terry Wolofski and Larry Witte, In Honor of Christine Gerschel
Tamara and Frank Woods, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Donald Young
ZG-CHICKS, In Memory of Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

* Deceased