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June 2019

Ashcroft Ghost Town

June 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until September 2, 2019

Ashcroft Ghost Town, 11 miles south of Aspen on Castle Creek + Google Map

June 15 -  September 2: open daily, 9AM – 5PM with docent onsite September 3 – October 5: open Thursday – Monday, 9AM – 5PM with docent onsite Self-guided and honor system admission during “closed” hours Admission $5 adult / children 18 and under free Located eleven miles up Castle Creek Road, the silver mining ghost town features the restored remains of several historic buildings, including the Blue Mirror Saloon, a post office, and the View Hotel. Guided tours and…

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Independence Ghost Town

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Independence Ghost Town, 16 miles east of Aspen on Hwy 82 + Google Map

June 16 -  September 3: open daily, 10AM – 6PM with a docent onsite Self-guided and honor system admission during “closed” hours Suggested donation $5 adult / children 18 and under free The first mining site in the Roaring Fork Valley, legend has it that prospectors discovered the Independence Gold Lode here on July 4, 1879. Today, Independence is an archaeological preserve, featuring interpretive stations that tell of the characters, enterprises, and structures that make it an integral part of…

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AHS Archives and Durrance Photographic Display

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Free

Archive Office open Monday – Friday, 9AM – 4PM (closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day) For access to the AHS Collection or for research assistance, book an appointment with the Archives Department at 970.925.3721 x 103 or email archives@aspenhistory.org. Aspen Historical Society operates the largest public archive in the region. This includes a photographic collection featuring over 40,000 images, 10,500 archival records, 1,100 books in our specialty library, and over 7,500 artifacts. Research assistance is available by appointment, and…

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bauhaus architectural walking tour

June 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday and Friday, repeating until October 4, 2019

Red Brick Center for the Arts, 110 E Hallam St
Aspen, CO 81611 United States
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June 18 – October 4 Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 (2 hours) Meets at Red Brick Center for the Arts, 110 E Hallam St. (at the corner of Aspen & Hallam) $15 adult / $12 senior / children 18 and under free a walking tour to explore examples of bauhaus principles that continue to inspire local design, including one of herbert bayer’s former residences, as well as styles introduced by bayer that have influenced area architects for decades. this tour…

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History Coach Tour

June 18 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
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June 18 – October 4 (no tour Thursday, July 4th) Tuesdays – Fridays at 10:30am & 1:30pm (2 ¼ 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…

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Wheeler/Stallard Museum : “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen”

June 18 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until March 31, 2020

Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Wheeler/Stallard Museum | exhibition “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen” Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM (closed July 4th) Free for AHS members / $10 adult / $8 senior / free children under 18 and active military personnel (free on the first Saturday of each month; admission fee includes Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching 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…

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Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum

June 18 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, 10480 Highway 82
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 18 -  October 5: Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 5PM (closed July 4th) Free for AHS members / $10 adult / $8 senior / free children under 18 and active military personnel / free for car-free visitors* (free on the first Saturday of each month; admission fee includes Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum) The Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum explores the industrial and agricultural history of the area. From mining to railways to ranching, the past comes alive…

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Aspen Historical Society Archive Tour

June 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until September 17, 2019

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

Third Tuesdays, June 18; July 16, August 20; September 17 11:00am (1 hour) Meets in the Archive Building, 620 W. Bleeker St. FREE Enjoy a guided “backstage” tour of the renovated archive and research facility! The tour includes viewing of the Durrance Collection on display in the Community Gallery, as well as a look at artifacts in the AHS Collection.

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History Coach Tour

June 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until October 4, 2019

Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
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June 18 – October 4 (no tour Thursday, July 4th) Tuesdays – Fridays at 10:30am & 1:30pm (2 ¼ 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…

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Hotel Jerome Tour

June 18 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until October 3, 2019

Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 18 – October 3 (no tour Thursday, July 4th) Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:30pm (1 hour) Meets in the hotel lobby, 330 E Main St. $15 adult / $12 senior / children 18 and under free A guided tour of Aspen’s iconic Hotel Jerome, which has been at the center of community life since the doors opened in 1889.

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Smuggler Mountain Open Space Historic Jeep and Trail Tour

June 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Wednesday, repeating until August 29, 2019

Free

June 19 – August 29 Wednesdays at 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 is offered in partnership…

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Historic Downtown Walking Tour

June 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Saturday, repeating until October 5, 2019

Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
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June 19 – October 5 Wednesdays and Saturdays at 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 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 2, 2019

Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, 81611
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Free

June 19 – October 2 (no tour on June 26th due to Wheeler operations) Wednesdays at 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…

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Victorian West End Walking Tour

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday and Saturday, repeating until October 5, 2019

Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 20 – October 5 (no tour Thursday, July 4th) Thursdays at 10:30am & Saturdays at 1:30pm (1.5 hours) Meets at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W Bleeker St. $15 adult / $12 senior / children 18 and under free A stroll through Aspen’s Victorian West End with a focus on history and architecture. Learn little-known facts about the neighborhood’s homes and the people who lived in them.

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Historic Pub Crawl

June 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30pm on Thursday, repeating until October 3, 2019

Red Onion, 420 E. Cooper Ave.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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June 20 – October 3 (no tour Thursday, July 4th) Thursdays at 3:30pm (1 ½ 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) A guided tour of Aspen’s historic haunts to explore each establishment’s history, legendary libations, and 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…

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Mining and Ranching Machinery Tour

June 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until September 20, 2019

Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, 10480 Highway 82
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Third Fridays, June 21; July 19; August 16; September 20 1:30pm (1 ½ hours) Meets at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, 40180 Highway 82 $15 adult / $12 senior / children 18 and under free (includes museum admission at Holden/Marolt only) A monthly guided tour to experience the mining and ranching exhibits at the Holden/Marolt Museum property, which is situated on the site of the largest industrial complex in the history of Pitkin County. The tour will explore restored…

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History on Tap: Our Backcountry, Back in the Day

June 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Willoughby Park Aspen, CO 81611 United States + Google Map

Friday, June 21 | 5:30 PM | Willoughby Park $10 in advance, $15 at the door (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer) The Roaring Fork Valley communities are uniquely surrounded by protected lands, from National Forest to Wilderness to BLM. With this access comes great adventure, and great responsibility. Join Aspen Historical Society and guests for a look at how the backcountry has been enjoyed and protected over the decades! Admission includes one beer, additional beers $5. The History on…

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July 2019

Summer Exhibit Celebration & Free Museum Admission Day

July 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Tuesday, July 2 | 4 - 6PM | Wheeler/Stallard Museum Free The community is invited to a summer splash for the exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen” in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum as well as an opening of the new photographic display in the Archive Building Community Gallery featuring images by Margaret and Dick Durrance that were recently donated to the AHS Collection. This free event will include tours of the exhibit and display and light refreshments.

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The Quiet Years Were Not Quiet: An Oral History with Tom Willoughby

July 9 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Red Onion, 420 E. Cooper Ave.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Free

Tuesday, July 9 4:30pm Archive Building Community Gallery Free A conversation with Aspen native and historian Tim Willoughby, taped live for an archival oral history. From mayors to miners, the Willoughby family has been a pillar of the Aspen community for decades. The Willoughby’s and extended family operated mines, ran businesses, and helped transition Aspen from mining to skiing. In conversation with Mike Monroney, Tim will share stories of his family’s deep roots in Aspen during the not-so-quiet “Quiet Years.”

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July 10 @ 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 9, 2019

Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, July 10 – August 9 | 10:30 – 11:30AM | AHS museums Free in partnership with Aspen Valley Hospital Recommended for children ages 3-6, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian July 10, 11, 12 - Paint Bayer Number at Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 17, 18, 19 - Butter Making at Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 24, 25, 26 - Candle Making at Wheeler/Stallard Museum July 31, August 1, 2 - Beading & Native Story Telling at Wheeler/Stallard…

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“A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” Live Performance

July 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Free

Saturday, July 13 | 10:30AM | Wheeler/Stallard Museum Grounds 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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History Hike Series

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Koch Park, 120 W. Cooper Ave
Aspen, CO 81611 United States
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Saturdays, 9AM (duration varies depending on the trail) Specific dates, hikes and meeting places below. $10 / Free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above Discover the hidden history within the area’s classic hikes! From downtown to high above Independence Pass to Castle Creek, the series allows hikers of all levels to choose their adventure through time. Choose your favorite trail, or perhaps one you’ve never explored. Can’t decide? Join for them all!   July 20 - Aspen Mountain (Black) – Explore…

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

July 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, 10480 Highway 82
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Free

A program of Roaring Fork Conservancy offered in partnership with City of Aspen Parks & Open Space and AHS Wednesday, July 24 | 5:30 PM | Holden-Marolt Mining Museum, Aspen Free, reservation required with Roaring Fork Conservancy (opens July 3) 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…

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History Hike Series

July 27 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Ashcroft Ghost Town, 11 miles south of Aspen on Castle Creek + Google Map

Saturdays, 9AM (duration varies depending on the trail) Specific dates, hikes and meeting places below. $10 / Free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above Discover the hidden history within the area’s classic hikes! From downtown to high above Independence Pass to Castle Creek, the series allows hikers of all levels to choose their adventure through time. Choose your favorite trail, or perhaps one you’ve never explored. Can’t decide? Join for them all!   July 20 - Aspen Mountain (Black) – Explore…

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August 2019

Ice Cream Social

August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Saturday, August 3 | 2PM - 4PM | 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 ice cream bowls replete with toppings…

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History Hike Series

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Green Mountain Aspen, CO 81611 United States + Google Map

Saturdays, 9AM (duration varies depending on the trail) Specific dates, hikes and meeting places below. $10 / Free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above Discover the hidden history within the area’s classic hikes! From downtown to high above Independence Pass to Castle Creek, the series allows hikers of all levels to choose their adventure through time. Choose your favorite trail, or perhaps one you’ve never explored. Can’t decide? Join for them all!   July 20 - Aspen Mountain (Black) – Explore…

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Bauhaus Evening: Aspen’s Character : Herbert Bayer

August 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Limelight Hotel, 355 S. Monarch St.
Aspen, CO 81611 United States
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Tuesday, August 13 | 5:30 | Limelight Hotel Aspen Free Aspen Historical Society “History Coach” and performer Mike Monroney will present a Chautauqua-style character performance of Bauhaus artist Hebert Bayer, who came to Aspen in 1946 with his wife Joella and helped guide the community’s cultural and philosophic values. In honor of the AHS exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen,” the researched museum theatre performance will explore Bayer’s fascination with and relationship to Aspen, “in his own words.”…

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History Hike Series

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Independence Ghost Town, 16 miles east of Aspen on Hwy 82 + Google Map

Saturdays, 9AM (duration varies depending on the trail) Specific dates, hikes and meeting places below. $10 / Free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above Discover the hidden history within the area’s classic hikes! From downtown to high above Independence Pass to Castle Creek, the series allows hikers of all levels to choose their adventure through time. Choose your favorite trail, or perhaps one you’ve never explored. Can’t decide? Join for them all!   July 20 - Aspen Mountain (Black) – Explore…

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Twilight Cemetery Tour

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Butte Cemetery, 808 Cemetery Lane
Aspen, 81611 United States
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Friday, August 23 | Red Butte Cemetery Sign up for your preferred time slot: 7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm, 8pm, 8:15pm (1 ½  hour tours) $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 2019

Ashcroft Ghost Town

September 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 5, 2019

Ashcroft Ghost Town, 11 miles south of Aspen on Castle Creek + Google Map

June 15 -  September 2: open daily, 9AM – 5PM with docent onsite September 3 – October 5: open Thursday – Monday, 9AM – 5PM with docent onsite Self-guided and honor system admission during “closed” hours Admission $5 adult / children 18 and under free Located eleven miles up Castle Creek Road, the silver mining ghost town features the restored remains of several historic buildings, including the Blue Mirror Saloon, a post office, and the View Hotel. Guided tours and…

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History on Tap: Smuggler Mine

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Smuggler Mine Aspen, CO 81611 United States + Google Map

Friday, September 20 | 5:30 - 7PM | Smuggler Mine $30 in advance, $35 day of  (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer) "Where history meets beer..." Grab your friends and head to Smuggler Mine to experience the underground world of the area’s mining history. History buff and mine guides will offer hard-hat tours of the mine paired with a local craft beer. Aspen Historical Society's "History on Tap" programs are generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company.

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