Summer Programs & Events

Briefly Complete performance

Performance of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum

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Sweat Pea Giveaway
Each spring, Aspen Historical Society gives out sweet peas, the town’s official flower, in honor of Ramona Markalunas, who was one of the organization’s founders and was dubbed the “sweet pea” of Aspen. Pick up your sweet peas at the following businesses, whose partnership help makes this tradition possible:

  • Aspen Historical Society
    620 W. Bleeker St.
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Aspen Snowmass Properties:
    534 E. Hopkins Ave.
    555 E Durant, Suite 5A
  • The Aspen Times:
    314 E. Hyman Ave.

Holden/Marolt Hoedown
Tuesday, June 12
Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum
Check back to purchase tickets online: $20/adult in advance, $25/adult day of, $10/kid 12 & under
(ticket includes dinner and a beer for adults, $15/adult admission and a beer, no dinner )
The community is invited to kick-off summer at this beloved annual event. This year, AHS will expand the event to honor Carl Bergman, a longtime AHS board member who was instrumental in the creation and management of the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum. To commemorate his role and invaluable support of AHS and the entire Aspen community, we will celebrate Carl during the event with a special naming ceremony, commemorative steam engine conductor hat giveaways (modeled after Carl’s omnipresent hat), remarks from one or two of Carl’s friends, family and/or Holden/Marolt volunteers, and more! These special elements will all be in addition to the usual festivities: machine demonstrations, farm animals, mining and ranching games, a beer garden, Hickory House barbecue and live music.

Exhibit Grand Openings & Free Museum Admission Day
Wednesday, June 20
4 – 6PM
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
The community is invited to a public opening for “Freak Power: Hunter Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff,” a guest exhibit in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, as well as the opening for 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.
Admission is free for both AHS museums on June 20th.

History on Tap:  Hunter S. Thompson Character Performance
Monday, June 25
5:30 PM
Wheeler/Stallard Museum Grounds, 620 W. Bleeker St.
$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 of High Noon at Aspen, a 30-minute documentary on the sheriff’s race, produced by BBC in 1970.

“A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” Live Performance
Saturday, July 14
Wheeler/Stallard Museum Grounds, 620 W. Bleeker St.
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.

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

A program of Roaring Fork Conservancy offered in partnership with City of Aspen Parks & Open Space and AHS
Wednesday, July 25
5:30 PM
Holden-Marolt Mining Museum, Aspen
Free, reservation 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 of Castle Creek in 1891 by Edward Royal Holden, leading to innovative and sometimes destructive uses of water resources for hydropower and waste disposal…

Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 4
2PM – 4PM
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
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 ice cream bowls replete with toppings and boozy milkshakes are available for a small fee. Since the mining era in Aspen, ice cream socials have been a popular summer gathering in the community.

Full Moon Cemetery Tour
Friday, August 24
Sign up for your preferred time slot: 7:15, 7:45 & 8:45
Red Butte Cemetery
$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.

History on Tap: Independence Ghost Town
Wednesday, September 12
5:30 – 7:30PM
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 sunset tours of the ghost town paired with a local craft beer.
Aspen Historical Society’s “History on Tap” programs are generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company.