Photo Gallery

Please enjoy these photos from our Instagram, shared in chronological order.

One map showing the Maurin Ranch and Dodson Ranch near Capitol Creek and Elk Creek, dated July 20, 1907.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.

One map showing the Maurin Ranch and Dodson Ranch near Capitol Creek and Elk Creek, dated July 20, 1907.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.
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Three female ski instructors skiing together, circa 1977. #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Skiing Co. Collection)

Three female ski instructors skiing together, circa 1977. #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Skiing Co. Collection)
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A longitudinal projection of workings in the Aspen Mining District, 1943. This is a detailed cross-sectional map of mining tunnels and stopes (large caverns where ore was removed) in Smuggler and Aspen Mountains with connecting tunnels under the Roaring Fork River. Only three vertically aligned tunnels connected the two mountains. The lowest tunnels had to be constantly pumped free of water. 

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.

A longitudinal projection of workings in the Aspen Mining District, 1943. This is a detailed cross-sectional map of mining tunnels and stopes (large caverns where ore was removed) in Smuggler and Aspen Mountains with connecting tunnels under the Roaring Fork River. Only three vertically aligned tunnels connected the two mountains. The lowest tunnels had to be constantly pumped free of water.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.
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Crowds of spectators at the 1950 FIS World Alpine Championship ski races on Aspen Mountain. The races took place February 13-18, and were the first sanctioned international alpine competition in the U.S. #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)

Crowds of spectators at the 1950 FIS World Alpine Championship ski races on Aspen Mountain. The races took place February 13-18, and were the first sanctioned international alpine competition in the U.S. #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)
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One illustrated trail map for Highlands ski area, circa 1964.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.

One illustrated trail map for Highlands ski area, circa 1964.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.
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A woman and two children in the snow on Independence Pass, circa 1900. The little girl is wearing long wooden skis. #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection)

A woman and two children in the snow on Independence Pass, circa 1900. The little girl is wearing long wooden skis. #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection)
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The front page of the Sanborn Insurance Map of the City of Aspen, 1904. This first page was an index to seventeen more detailed sheets showing streets, railroads, structures and mines. It was published by the Sanborn Map Company in May 1904, and was meant to go along with an insurance rating for each property.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.

The front page of the Sanborn Insurance Map of the City of Aspen, 1904. This first page was an index to seventeen more detailed sheets showing streets, railroads, structures and mines. It was published by the Sanborn Map Company in May 1904, and was meant to go along with an insurance rating for each property.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.
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Mining structures at the base of Smuggler Mountain, circa 1925. This photo shows the areas where the Free Silver mine, the Smuggler mine, and the Mollie Gibson mine were located. #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)

Mining structures at the base of Smuggler Mountain, circa 1925. This photo shows the areas where the Free Silver mine, the Smuggler mine, and the Mollie Gibson mine were located. #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)
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One map showing proposed development at Snowmass-at-Aspen, circa 1967. The map includes hotels and condominiums, commercial space, pedestrian areas, and parking for 700 cars.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives
Building Community Gallery.

One map showing proposed development at Snowmass-at-Aspen, circa 1967. The map includes hotels and condominiums, commercial space, pedestrian areas, and parking for 700 cars.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives
Building Community Gallery.
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A skier riding Bell Chair on Aspen Mountain, 1958. #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)

A skier riding Bell Chair on Aspen Mountain, 1958. #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)
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A panoramic drawing accompanying a report titled "Comments on the development of the Ashcroft Ski Area" by Andre Roch regarding the design and logistics of Ashcroft as a ski area, 1937. The report includes feasibility and cost analysis, maps of ski runs and lift locations, and more. The survey was conducted during the winter of 1937 from the Highland Bavarian Lodge at the confluence of Castle and Conundrum Creeks.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.

A panoramic drawing accompanying a report titled "Comments on the development of the Ashcroft Ski Area" by Andre Roch regarding the design and logistics of Ashcroft as a ski area, 1937. The report includes feasibility and cost analysis, maps of ski runs and lift locations, and more. The survey was conducted during the winter of 1937 from the Highland Bavarian Lodge at the confluence of Castle and Conundrum Creeks.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.
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Three women posing near the base of Aspen Mountain with the town in the background, 1947. #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)

Three women posing near the base of Aspen Mountain with the town in the background, 1947. #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)
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The virtual Retro Films Series starts TONIGHT at 7pm with "Aspen Before Lifts" and "Until We Meet Again in Aspen" - two promotional films from the 1940s featuring early skiing and scenes around town. Enjoy this clip for a teaser of what's to come!

The stream begins at 7 p.m. and is available for 36 hours, register for stream access at link in profile.

Suggested donation $10 per stream, or $60 for access to complete series (8 dates). 

This year's virtual series is presented in partnership with @aspenfilm and supported in part by @usbank 
 
Footage: clip from “Ski Time in Aspen.” (Aspen Historical Society, Durrance Collection)

The virtual Retro Films Series starts TONIGHT at 7pm with "Aspen Before Lifts" and "Until We Meet Again in Aspen" - two promotional films from the 1940s featuring early skiing and scenes around town. Enjoy this clip for a teaser of what's to come!

The stream begins at 7 p.m. and is available for 36 hours, register for stream access at link in profile.

Suggested donation $10 per stream, or $60 for access to complete series (8 dates).

This year's virtual series is presented in partnership with @aspenfilm and supported in part by @usbank

Footage: clip from “Ski Time in Aspen.” (Aspen Historical Society, Durrance Collection)
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One map titled "The Valley of the Roaring Fork River," 1976. On one side is a map showing Glenwood Springs to Twin Lakes, focusing on the path of the Roaring Fork. There is information about various points of interest along the way. On the other side is a map of Aspen, with illustrated historic sites throughout the valley.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.

One map titled "The Valley of the Roaring Fork River," 1976. On one side is a map showing Glenwood Springs to Twin Lakes, focusing on the path of the Roaring Fork. There is information about various points of interest along the way. On the other side is a map of Aspen, with illustrated historic sites throughout the valley.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.
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Happy Wintersköl!

Explore the stories behind Wintersköl, one of Aspen's most beloved traditions, at "Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed," the new exhibit at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. The exhibit explores local history from 1870 - 1970 through photographs and artifacts from the AHS Collection such as this Wintersköl button from 1970.

The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 – 5, visit aspenhistory.org for admission information and protocols.

Artifact: 1970 Wintersköl Button. (Aspen Historical Society, Goodnough Collection)

Happy Wintersköl!

Explore the stories behind Wintersköl, one of Aspen's most beloved traditions, at "Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed," the new exhibit at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. The exhibit explores local history from 1870 - 1970 through photographs and artifacts from the AHS Collection such as this Wintersköl button from 1970.

The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 – 5, visit aspenhistory.org for admission information and protocols.

Artifact: 1970 Wintersköl Button. (Aspen Historical Society, Goodnough Collection)
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A woman in the annual Wintersköl parade, January 1966. The theme of Wintersköl in 1966 was "There is no Aspen." #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Illustrated News Collection)

A woman in the annual Wintersköl parade, January 1966. The theme of Wintersköl in 1966 was "There is no Aspen." #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Illustrated News Collection)
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A page from the Hayden Survey, which was undertaken in the early 1870s. The results were published as the "Geological Atlas of Colorado and Portions of Adjacent Territory" in 1881. This page shows the Elk Mountains.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.

A page from the Hayden Survey, which was undertaken in the early 1870s. The results were published as the "Geological Atlas of Colorado and Portions of Adjacent Territory" in 1881. This page shows the Elk Mountains.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps such as this, which is featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives Building Community Gallery.
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The bottom of Lift One during the winter of 1946-47. #tbt 
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)

The bottom of Lift One during the winter of 1946-47. #tbt
(Photo: Aspen Historical Society Collection)
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What is your experience of climate change? 

AHS is thrilled to serve as an archival partner for @coreaspen’s multicultural art and storytelling project, "Stories of Climate Change/Historias del Cambio Climático,” debuting as large scale murals on CMC campus buildings in spring 2021. The community-wide project will tell the story of climate change — YOURS — through portraits and audio stories that will also be archived by AHS and Carbondale Historical Society.
 
Starting today, January 6th, you can participate by uploading a selfie and 90-second story about your experience of climate change. All are welcome, but don’t delay: it’s open to the first 200 community members to sign up at www.aspencore.org/participate.
 
#ImagineClimate #StoriesofClimateChange #SelfiesforChange
 
Presented by
Community Office for Resource Efficiency
 
Presenting partner
Colorado Mountain College

What is your experience of climate change?

AHS is thrilled to serve as an archival partner for @coreaspen’s multicultural art and storytelling project, "Stories of Climate Change/Historias del Cambio Climático,” debuting as large scale murals on CMC campus buildings in spring 2021. The community-wide project will tell the story of climate change — YOURS — through portraits and audio stories that will also be archived by AHS and Carbondale Historical Society.

Starting today, January 6th, you can participate by uploading a selfie and 90-second story about your experience of climate change. All are welcome, but don’t delay: it’s open to the first 200 community members to sign up at www.aspencore.org/participate.

#ImagineClimate #StoriesofClimateChange #SelfiesforChange

Presented by
Community Office for Resource Efficiency

Presenting partner
Colorado Mountain College
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A geologic map of the East Maroon area, created by Jim Babcock in September of 1969.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives
Building Community Gallery.

A geologic map of the East Maroon area, created by Jim Babcock in September of 1969.

The AHS Archives includes historical maps of many varieties – from early land surveys to mining claim maps to trail maps and more. Look for a new one each #MapMonday, including maps that are featured in “Maps Through the Decades,” the new display in the Archives
Building Community Gallery.
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The below albums feature photos from past programs. View more photo album highlights on our Flickr.