Wheeler / Stallard Museum

Location:
620 West Bleeker Street
Tel: 970.925.3721
Fax: 970.925.5347

Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday through Saturday, June 12 – September 29* from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
*The museum is closed all Mondays and major holidays, including July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after, Christmas Day, New Year’s day, Memorial Day, and Martin Luther King Day.

Admission:*
$10 Adults | $8 seniors | Free for children 18 and under and active military personnel
Free on June 20th for the new exhibit Grand Opening
Free on the first Saturday of each month
*Admission fee includes access to the Holden/Marolt Museum during the summer.

About the Museum:
The Wheeler/Stallard house is a Queen Anne style Victorian built in 1888. The first floor of the Museum is interpreted as a Victorian Aspen home and the second floor gallery features rotating exhibitions to explore area history.

Site History:
Jerome B. Wheeler built this Queen Anne style Victorian in 1888 for his family. Situated on an entire city block, the home was one of many stately properties in Aspen’s West End neighborhood. Despite his plans, his wife Harriet Macy Valentine Wheeler refused to leave their mansion in Manitou Springs, Colorado and the family never lived in the house. Edgar and Mary Ella Stallard moved in 1905, eventually purchasing the house in 1917. The family lived here for forty years. The house last served as the residence of the Aspen Institute’s president before the Aspen Historical Society purchased it in 1969.

Exhibits


Freak Power: Hunter Thompson’s Campaign for Sheriff

June 12 – September 29, 2018

On display in the second floor gallery of the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, this guest exhibit features a collection of political art and writing from Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 campaign for sheriff of Pitkin County. AHS has partnered with Freak Power curator DJ Watkins to share a special selection of the exhibition’s 125 pieces alongside select artifacts from the AHS Collection.
The exhibition tells the story of the Freak Power platform through original campaign material, photographs, and political art. What started as a stunt to upset local conservatives gained momentum as like-minded candidates adopted the platform for other regional races. The local movement to transform Aspen connected to a national undercurrent and the issues at stake ultimately influenced the trajectory of social and political reform in the community. As weird a tale as he ever conceived, Thompson’s personal forays into politics may have been his wittiest, most thought-provoking, and impactful escapade of all.

Made possible by ZG Chicks and media sponsors, The Aspen Times.

Archive Building


Archives & Collection Research

Located on the same property as the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, the Archive Building is home to the Society’s Archives and a good portion of the Collection.

AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western slope, an invaluable public resource for the local and regional community. A significant portion of the Collection is housed in the Archive Building, including over 40,000 historical images, oral histories, newspapers, manuscripts, films, and other records, as well as many of the 6,000-plus artifacts that have been accessioned by the Society for the benefit of the community.

The public is invited to use the archives for research, for anything from genealogy to birth certificates to historic land use records. Archive technicians are available for research assistance, appointments are recommended. In addition, over 20,000 historical images from the AHS Collection can be searched and purchased online at ArchiveAspen.org.

Research appointments are available from 9am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. Call 970.925.3721 or email archives@aspenhistory.org to book.

Click here to learn more about the Archive Building.