Longtime Aspen historical Society volunteer Larry Frederick will share in-depth but timely lessons in specific areas of Aspen history. A mining expert, Larry’s breathe of knowledge and enthusiasm for stories from the past will entertain budding historians of all ages and interest!
March 1st – Aspen Myths, Legends and Tall Tales
Examine the many stories about the Silver Queen statue, the biggest silver nugget ever mined, mine tunnels under town including the tunnel from Hotel Jerome to the Wheeler, and more!
March 8th – Geology and Surveying
Trace the history of early exploration, from the Spurs Geology map to the Hayden Survey and more.
March 15th – History of Smuggler Mine
Dig deep into the history of one of Aspen’s well-known mines. From the first claim through today, we will hear the stories behind the operation and get to know the people associated with the mine, including D.R.C. Brown and David Hyman.
March 22nd – The Apex/Sideline Debate
Unearth the meanings behind laying a claim, staking your claim, and “paper it.” We will examine historic mining litigations and many changes in claim ownership across the history of mining in the area.
March 29th – Miners’ Journeys into Aspen
Transport through time as we investigate early arrivals to the Roaring Fork Valley, from adventurous snow shoe treks across Independence Pass to the great railroad race to Aspen.
This event is free every Thursday in March from 3-4pm.
Events are in the AHS Archive Building in the community gallery.