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June 2018

Victorian West End Walking Tour

June 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 12 – September 29 Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10:30am (1.5 hours) Meets at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St. $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free A beautiful stroll through Aspen’s Victorian West End with a focus on history and architecture. Learn little-known facts about the homes themselves and the people who lived in them.

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History Coach

June 19 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
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June 12 – September 29 (no tour Wednesday, July 4th) Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am (2.25 hours) Meets in front of the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman Ave. $25/adult, $20/senior & children 18 and under Reservations required, limit 5 seats A guided tour of historic downtown Aspen in our unique electric vehicle – complete with a visit to both the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Guests gain a totally new understanding of Aspen’s transformations from a…

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Hotel Jerome Tour

June 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 12 – September 27 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30pm (1 hour) Meets in the hotel lobby, 330 E Main St. $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free Aspen’s iconic Hotel Jerome has been at the center of community life since the doors opened in 1889. Join us for a guided tour to find out how and why.

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Smuggler Mountain Open Space Historic Jeep & Trail Tour

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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June 13 – August 29 (no tour Wednesday, July 4th) Wednesdays, 9am (2 hours) Meet at Gondola Plaza, 555 E Durant Ave. FREE in partnership with Blazing Adventures and City of Aspen Reservations required, limit 5 seats (tour is best suited for patrons age 8 and older) Explore the incredible history of the many silver mines on Smuggler Mountain. Guests will be transported by jeep up Smuggler Mountain Rd. where they’ll tour, on foot, through ruins and artifacts. The tour…

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Historic Downtown Walking Tour

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Friday, repeating until September 29, 2018

Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
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June 13 – September 28 (no tour Wednesday, July 4th) Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30am (1.5 hours) Meets in front of the Wheeler Opera House, 320 E Hyman Ave. $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free A guided walking tour of historic buildings, sites, and stories around every corner in downtown Aspen.

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Wheeler Opera House Tour

June 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 26, 2018

Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
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June 13 – September 26 (no tour Wednesday, July 4th) Wednesdays, 1:30pm (1 hour) Meets in the lobby, 320 E Hyman Ave. FREE in partnership with the Wheeler Opera House The center of Aspen’s arts and cultural scene since it was built in 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has stood the test of time. This free tour in partnership with the Wheeler offers an insider’s look at the iconic building, including its recent renovations and storied past.

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Exhibit Grand Openings & Free Museum Admission Day

June 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Free

Join us on Wednesday, June 20 from 4 - 6 PM at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum Admission is Free The community is invited to a public opening for the “Freak Power” exhibit in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Robert Chamberlain photographic display in the Community Gallery in the Archive Building. This free event will include remarks from the AHS Curator Lisa Hancock, tours of the exhibit and display, and Freak Power book signing by author and curator DJ Watkins.

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Historic Pub Crawl

June 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Thursday, repeating until September 27, 2018

Red Onion, 420 E. Cooper Ave.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 14 – September 27 (no tour June 14th) Thursdays, 3:30pm (1.5 hours) Meets at the Red Onion, 420 E Cooper Ave. $20/person, reservations required, call 970.925.3721 (must be 21 or older to participate. 12 guest maximum) Take a guided tour of Aspen’s historic haunts, where you’ll learn about the establishment’s history and hear local lore. The tour meets at the Red Onion, continues to Aspen Public House and Aspen Brewing Company at Aspen Tap, and finishes at J-Bar at the…

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Red Butte Cemetery Tour

June 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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Red Butte Cemetery, 808 Cemetery Lane
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 15 – September 28 Fridays, 1:30pm (1 hour) Meets at the Red Butte Cemetery, 808 Cemetery Lane $15/adult, $12/senior, children 18 and under free Learn about former citizens of Aspen and their marks on history on a stroll through the town’s storied Red Butte Cemetery and hear about the lives of some of its most notable residents.

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History Hike Series – Koch Park

June 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Koch Park, 120 W. Cooper Ave
Aspen, CO 81611 United States
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Join us on Saturdays at 9 am on June 23 (Koch Park), July 7 (Independence Ghost Town), July 21 (Aspen Mountain), August 4 (Ashcroft Ghost Town), and August 18 (Green Mountain) June 23 at Koch Park Price is $10/person, free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above Meet at Koch Park and hike to Holden/Marolt on the Midland Trail (Green) – Learn about ancillary mining enterprises, water, transportation into Aspen, and more on a walk along the CO Midland railroad corridor…

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History on Tap: Hunter S. Thompson Character Performance

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Join us on Monday June 25 at 5:30 PM at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum Grounds $10 in advance, $15 day of (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer) History scholar and performer Kim Nuzzo presents a Chautauqua-style character performance of gonzo journalist and 1970’s Pitkin County Sheriff candidate, Hunter S. Thompson. In honor of this summer’s Freak Power exhibit, the performance will channel Thompson’s eccentric character for glimpse into the notorious Woody Creeker’s life. The event will finish with a screening…

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July 2018

History Hikes Series – Independence Ghost Town

July 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Independence Ghost Town, 16 miles east of Aspen on Hwy 82 + Google Map

Join us on Saturdays at 9 am on June 23 (Koch Park), July 7 (Independence Ghost Town), July 21 (Aspen Mountain), August 4 (Ashcroft Ghost Town), and August 18 (Green Mountain) Price is $10/person, free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above July 7 - Meet at Independence Ghost Town (Blue) – Experience what remains of the first mining settlement in the Roaring Fork Valley and the 1880's gold rush of Independence on a walk through the ghost town, located at…

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Aspen Historical Society Archive Tour

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Free

Join us on the second Tuesdays starting June 12, July 10, August 14, and September 11 at 11:00 am Meets in the Archive Building, 620 W. Bleeker St. This is a FREE tour Enjoy a guided “backstage” tour of our newly renovated archive and research facility! The tour includes viewing of the Chamberlain Photographic Display in the Community Gallery, as well as a look at artifacts in the AHS Collection.

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Playing with the Past – Candle Making

July 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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$3

Families and school groups are invited to explore the past with kids-friendly activities and stories led by the AHS Education staff. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 AM at AHS Museums July 11, 12, 13 – Candle Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 18, 19, 20 – Beading and Native Stories at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 25, 26, 27 – Butter Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum August 1, 2, 3  – Potato Branding at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum Age: Best…

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“A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” Live Performance

July 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Join us on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 AM at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum & Grounds This event is Free! Three professionally trained actors perform a 45-minute crash course in Aspen history featuring song, dance, and character presentations that will leave you laughing and breathless.

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Playing with the Past – Beading and Native Stories

July 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until July 20, 2018

Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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$3

Families and school groups are invited to explore the past with kids-friendly activities and stories led by the AHS Education staff. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 AM at AHS Museums July 11, 12, 13 – Candle Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 18, 19, 20 – Beading and Native Stories at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 25, 26, 27 – Butter Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum August 1, 2, 3  – Potato Branding at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum Age: Best…

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History Hike Series – Aspen Mountain

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us on Saturdays at 9 am on June 23 (Koch Park), July 7 (Independence Ghost Town), July 21 (Aspen Mountain), August 4 (Ashcroft Ghost Town), and August 18 (Green Mountain) Price is $10/person, free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above July 21 meet at Aspen Mountain (Black) – Explore the once-rich silver deposits and the tailings that remain on Aspen’s eponymous hill, a maze of tunnels, mines and mining remnants, on this hike that will ascend the 3,200 feet.…

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Playing with the Past – Butter Making

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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$3

Families and school groups are invited to explore the past with kids-friendly activities and stories led by the AHS Education staff. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 AM July 11, 12, 13 – Candle Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 18, 19, 20 – Beading and Native Stories at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 25, 26, 27 – Butter Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum August 1, 2, 3  – Potato Branding at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum Age: Best suited for kids…

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Water in the Age of Silver: Touring Aspen’s “Holden Works”

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, 10480 Highway 82
Aspen, 81611 United States
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A program of Roaring Fork Conservancy offered in partnership with City of Aspen Parks & Open Space and AHS Join us on Wednesday July 25 at 5:30 PM at the Holden-Marolt Mining Museum This event is free but a reservation is required with Roaring Fork Conservancy Discover the largest industrial site in the history of Pitkin County: a state of the art silver processing plant known as the Holden Lixiviation Works. This silver processing plant was built on the banks…

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August 2018

Playing with the Past – Potato Branding

August 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until August 3, 2018

Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, 10480 Highway 82
Aspen, 81611 United States
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$3

Families and school groups are invited to explore the past with kids-friendly activities and stories led by the AHS Education staff. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 AM July 11, 12, 13 – Candle Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 18, 19, 20 – Beading and Native Stories at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 25, 26, 27 – Butter Making at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum August 1, 2, 3  – Potato Branding at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum Age: Best suited for kids…

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History Hike Series – Ashcroft Ghost Town

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ashcroft Ghost Town, 11 miles south of Aspen on Castle Creek + Google Map

Join us on Saturdays at 9 am on June 23 (Koch Park), July 7 (Independence Ghost Town), July 21 (Aspen Mountain), August 4 (Ashcroft Ghost Town), and August 18 (Green Mountain) Price is $10/person, free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above August 4 - Meet at Ashcroft Ghost Town (Blue) – Hear about the unique history of this once-thriving mining camp on a stroll through the ghost town’s many conserved buildings, situated among spectacular high alpine meadows. Hiking time and…

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Ice Cream Social

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Join us on Saturday August 4 from 2 PM - 4 PM at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum Free event admission / $3 ice cream bowls / $5 spiked “Aspen Crud” milkshakes Guests of all ages are invited to celebrate the longstanding tradition of a community ice cream social in Aspen! The free event features live music, a presentation of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” (a 45-minute crash course in Aspen history featuring song, dance, and character presentations), and most importantly…

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History Hike Series – Green Mountain

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Green Mountain Aspen, CO 81611 United States + Google Map

Join us on Saturdays at 9 am on June 23 (Koch Park), July 7 (Independence Ghost Town), July 21 (Aspen Mountain), August 4 (Ashcroft Ghost Town), and August 18 (Green Mountain) Price is $10/person, free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above August 18 meet at Green Mountain (Black) – Adventure over the streams and through the woods to Independence’s lesser-known and secluded sister ghost town, home to several old miners’ cabins and the leftovers of a once-bustling mining operation.

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Full Moon Cemetery Tour

August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Butte Cemetery, 808 Cemetery Lane
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Join us on Friday August 24 at the Red Butte Cemetery Sign up for your preferred time slot: 7:15, 7:45 & 8:45 $10 in advance / $15 graveside Learn about former citizens of Aspen and their marks on history on a stroll through the town’s storied Red Butte Cemetery at twilight. As the full moon rises, we’ll hear about the lives of some of the cemetery’s most notable residents through museum theatre-style character performances.

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September 2018

History on Tap: Independence Ghost Town

September 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Independence Ghost Town, 16 miles east of Aspen on Hwy 82 + Google Map

Join us on Wednesday September 12 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Independence Ghost Town $10 in advance, $15 day of (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer) "Where history meets beer..." Grab your friends and head to Independence Ghost Town to explore the history of the area as dusk falls! Guides will share stories from the first prospecting camp in the Roaring Fork Valley, where legend has it prospectors struck gold on July 4, 1879. Guides will offer…

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