In The Schools


The Aspen Historical Society is pleased to announce our exciting new programs for the 2015-16 school year. We have designed these tours with a focus on Aspen’s rich history from the mining era through the present.  Make your reservations now to ensure availability.

Museum Theatre Historical Characterizations
Our newly-developed interpretative programs include several of Aspen’s historical “characters” brought to life. These can be part of a field trip to our Wheeler/Stallard Museum or presented in your classroom. Characters include:

        • Mining era locals; Sarah M. Gillespie, Ashcroft school teacher Emma Perry, Jerome Wheeler
        • Quiet Years; Ella Stallard, Hildur Anderson
        • Renaissance/Ski era; Herbert Bayer, T-Lazy 7’s Lou Deane, Toklat’s Isabel Mace and/or Stuart mace, Fabi Benedict and /or Fritz Benedict, Natalie Gignoux, Gretl Uhl, Fred Iselin, D.R.C. Brown, Elizabeth Paepcke
        • 1970s – now; former Mayor Eve Homeyer, Joan Metcalf,  Bil Dunaway

“A Briefly Complete History of Aspen”
This funny and fast-paced one-act play is aimed at middle school and high-school students but is suitable for younger students and adults as well. It features three actors in a forty-five minute romp through Aspen’s entire 130 year history. This can be performed in smaller segments. (i.e. The Great Train Race; Modern History, etc…)

Wheeler/Stallard Museum
Step back in time and explore life in the 1880s in the Historical Society’s Victorian mansion built by iconic figure Jerome B. Wheeler. We are offering re-designed tours that incorporate both our exhibits and hands-on activities (native crafts) Our current exhibit is: “Bests, Firsts & Worsts: Aspen in Objects” and is complemented by a scavenger hunt.

Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum (Available Aug., Sept., Oct., Apr., or May only)
The Roaring Fork Valley’s mining industry lives on at the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. Students can see and touch authentic machinery used during the mining boom and explore what happened during the bust of the “Quiet Years”. A newly-discovered feature of the ore-sampling process has been excavated under the floor of the museum, and our steam engines are operating on compressed air.

Ashcroft Tour (Available only in Sept., Oct. and late May weather permitting)
Students join Charles Armstrong, an Ashcroft resident from 1880 until 1928, or Emma Perry a school teacher from 1881, on a walking tour of the ghost town. Visit the Blue Mirror Saloon, the post office and the Hotel View and learn about life in the rugged Colorado high country.

Educational Trunks
Bring a hands-on interactive museum experience into your classroom.  Our educational trunks offer teachers another creative and fun teaching tool, and are filled with artifacts to touch, hold and use. Each trunk includes a teacher’s guide to help you direct activities: Pre-historic Peoples Trunk, Mining Trunk, Ranching Trunk, Skiing Trunk, Ute Trunk

Mentorship/Early Release Programming
We are developing a program for interested students to work one on one with staff and community volunteers. Please contact Nina Gabianelli if you have a student specifically interested in history. 

To schedule a tour or learn about our transportation stipends contact:

Travis McDiffett, 925-3721, ext. 107,

List of schools we currently serve. Would you like to adds yours to the list?:

Aspen Elementary School
Aspen Middle School
Aspen Country Day School
Aspen Community School
Marble Charter School
Miss Dawn’s Pre School
Wildwood Pre School
Red Hill Elementary in Eagle County
Sopris Elementary
Glenwood Springs Elementary School
Glenwood Springs  Middle School
Basalt Elementary
Carbondale Community School
Crystal River Elementary School
Ross Montessori
Waldorf School
Blue Lake Pre School