History on Tap: Snowmass 50th Anniversary Après & Retro Film Screening
Tuesday, December 12
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Base Camp Grille second floor (Snowmass Base Village)
$10 in advance / $15 day-of, click here to make advance reservations online
(ticket includes one beer, additional beers available for purchase at the bar)
The past is present as we kick off the week of celebrations in honor of the 50th anniversary of Snowmass opening for lift-served skiing! We will après, celebrate Snowmass lore, and screen retro films including Snowmass in 1967 (film by Dick Durrance) and Grand Opening of Snowmass (film by NBC News).
In honor of the anniversary celebrations, we’ll be offering a special discount of 19.67% off historic images from the AHS collection that feature Snowmass village and ski area. Ordering information will be available during the event.
This History on Tap program is generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company and Base Camp Bar and Grill

Holiday Cookie Exchange & Caroling
Thursday, December 21
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Part of ACRA’s 12 Days of Aspen events

Bring cookies, eat cookies and take cookies home! The annual cookie exchange features holiday caroling led by pianist David Dyer, hot chocolate, cider and mulled wine, a bonfire on the museum grounds, and more. Families of all ages are invited to join Aspen Historical Society for our traditional holiday event, a celebration of the season! Guests are encouraged to bring a dozen cookies or more to exchange.

Teddy Bear Story Hour
Partnership with Spellbinders
Thursday & Friday, December 21 & 22
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Part of ACRA’s 12 Days of Aspen events
Celebrate the holiday season with classic tales from around the world.

Retro Film Series: Decades of Skiing Aspen/Snowmass
Partnership with Limelight Hotel Aspen
Second Friday of each month, January – April
5:30pm – 6:45pm
Limelight Hotel,
355 S Monarch St. (Screenings in the Monarch room off the lobby)
$10 suggested donation at the door – limited seating – first come first serve
Join Aspen Historical Society at the Limelight Hotel to explore skiing’s illustrious past in the Aspen/Snowmass area. This community series features a wide range of vintage films from the Aspen Historical Society collection. Spanning four decades, the visual histories bring retro skiing to life on the big screen! Food and beverage specials offered at the Limelight bar may be enjoyed during the screenings.

  • Friday, January 12th – The ’40s
    Film #1 – Aspen Before Lifts – (1945/46) (18 minutes) Promotional film of early skiing featuring Friedel Pfeiffer, Johnny Litchfield, and Percy Rideout among others.
    Film #2 – Until We Meet in Aspen – (1949) (24 minutes) Promotional film made by Dick Durrance
  • Friday, February 9th – The ’50s
    Film #1 – Little Skiers Big Day – (1955) (25 minutes) Film by Fred Iselin featuring Susie Wirth
    Film #2 – Ski Time in Aspen – (1955) (27 minutes) Promotional film by Dick Durrance
  • Friday, March 9th – The ’60s
    Film #1 – Aspen Winter Mood (1963) (28 minutes) Aspen Ski Corporation promo film by Dick Durrance
    Film #2 – It Happens in Aspen (1966) (26 minutes) Time Life TV Broadcast
  • Friday, April 13th – The ’70s
    Film #1 – Snowmass in 1967 (1967) (6 minutes) Aspen Ski Corporation, before lifts, by Dick Durrance
    Film #2 – Grand Opening of Snowmass (1967) (23 minutes) Film by NBC News
    Film #3 – Highlands Fling (1975) (20 minutes) film by Dick Barrymore

Aspen History 101 and Aspen Extreme at Wintersköl™

Thursday, January 11
Aspen History 101, 5:30 p.m.
Aspen Extreme, 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
FREE in partnership with ACRA and the Wheeler Opera House for Wintersköl™ 2018
Advance reservations recommended, to secure your seat call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770

Kick off the Wintersköl™ weekend with Aspen History 101 and a screening of Aspen Extreme. Aspen History 101, a theatrical crash course in local lore, was born from the no-credit, all-fun college of the Rockies, also known as the Aspen State Teachers College. The performance, featuring actors and actresses and song and dance, resurrects the party-loving atmosphere of Aspen State Teachers College, arguably one of the more entertaining aspects of area history! Attendees will receive an Aspen State Teacher’s College “student ID” which is good for one free beer at the bar following the “course”! The evening ends with a screening of the iconic 1993 film Aspen Extreme, which tells the well-known and oft-repeated story of two ski bums from Detroit who ditch everything to live the ski instructor dream in Aspen. Come for just Aspen History 101, Aspen Extreme, or both! Get out your “onsies” and come in costume!

Time Travel Tuesdays | Aspen to the Olympics: Our Legacy of Youth Sports
Tuesdays, February 6, 13 & 20; March 6
5:30pm – 7pm
Wheeler Opera House 320 E. Hyman Ave. (first three events in lobby; March 6th event in theater)
$10/free for AHS Lixiviator members
Tickets at aspenshowtix.com
The Roaring Fork Valley’s alpine geography and Rocky Mountain climate make the area a breeding ground for athletes of many disciplines. Over several decades, and in large part thanks to organization on behalf of volunteers, youth sports clubs have developed to support local kids’ athletic endeavors. Aspen Historical Society’s 2018 Time Travel Tuesday series will feature the history of winter-season youth sports organizations in moderated panel discussions with past and present athletes, coaches, parents, and club administrators from: the two local figure skating clubs (Aspen Skating Club and Revolutions of Aspen); Aspen Junior Hockey, and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. The conversations, supported by historic photos from the AHS collection, will explore how each organization has impacted the careers and lives of athletes across several generations, highlighting the stories behind the clubs, the accomplishments of their graduates, and the many services the groups provide to our community. To celebrate the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the final panel will feature athletes with connections to our small mountain town who have reached the pinnacle of their sports, to represent the United States at the Olympic games. This final presentation, hosted in the theater at the Wheeler Opera House, will focus on the Olympians’ experiences with sports as kids: how did different clubs, groups of people, specific coaches, and perhaps even the support of a community, shaped the many roads from Aspen to the Olympics.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6th – Aspen Figure Skating Clubs
  • Tuesday, February 13th – Aspen Junior Hockey
  • Tuesday, February 20th – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club
  • Tuesday, March 6th – Aspen Olympians

History Lessons with Larry
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
3:00pm – 4:00pm
AHS Archive Building, 620 W. Bleeker St. (In the Community Gallery)
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 breadth 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’ll 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’ll 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.

History on Tap: Aspen Brewing Company 10th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, March 13
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Aspen Brewing Company’s brewery facility, 404 AABC
$15 in advance, limited capacity, advance RSVPs required.

(ticket includes one beer, additional beers $5)
As early as 1885, beer was brewing in Aspen, CO. The first brewery, named Sanders after its founder, was located on Mill Street, adjacent to the Roaring Fork River and likely brewed just one style of beer. In March of 2008, the Aspen Brewing Company opened, bringing craft beer back to Aspen. The first location for “The Brewery” as the Company has come to be known, was situated just across the Roaring Fork River from the site of Aspen’s original Sanders Brewery. In honor of The Brewery’s 10th anniversary, this History on Tap will explore the history behind brewing beer in Aspen, from Sanders to Flying Dog to today’s craft beer scene. The program will include a tour of Aspen Brewing Company’s brewing facility, where today they craft over 15 small batch microbrews, downstream from nobody.
History on Tap programs are generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company