Programs & Events

AHS plans to host a few outdoor programs this summer, though everything is subject to change dependent on the latest public health recommendations. All current masking, social-distancing, and public health requirements will be strictly observed. Click here for Pitkin County’s “5 commitments to containment,” additional local public health requirements, and more resources.

Please note that many of our typical in-person programs and events have been cancelled. We look forward to hosting these beloved community events in 2021.

There are plenty of opportunities to safely explore and experience area history this summer, including new outdoor guided tours, Independence Ghost Town and Ashcroft Ghost Town, and access to our two museums (as soon as museum restrictions allow). We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the uncertain months ahead.

Please continue to check this page or contact AHS for more information at info@aspenhistory.org or 970.925.3721. 

100 Year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment: Activation at Snowmass
An activation in partnership with Aspen Snowmass
August 18 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Snowmass Base Village Gondola Plaza
Free
Join AHS and Aspen Skiing Company to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave some* women the right to vote. The free educational activation will honor this historic suffrage milestone, featuring a pop-up exhibit titled “Rightfully Hers” curated by the National Archives, education around Colorado’s progressive suffrage history and subsequent voter equality legislation, information about registering to vote, and more. Despite continued voter equality efforts, we still have work to do. We’re looking forward to honoring this continued fight 100 years later: Choose Unity. Vote.

*It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that all genders of all races were granted federal protection for their right to vote. But even today, obstacles remain that prohibit equal access to voting rights for voting all.

Water in the Age of Silver: Touring Aspen’s “Holden Works”POSTPONED to August 25, 2020
A program of Roaring Fork Conservancy offered in partnership with City of Aspen Parks & Open Space and AHS
August 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Holden-Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, Aspen
Free, advance registration is required with Roaring Fork Conservancy (opens June 30)
Discover the largest industrial site in the history of Pitkin County: a then-state-of-the-art silver processing plant known as the Holden Lixiviation Works. Built on the banks of Castle Creek in 1891 by Edward Royal Holden, the plant led to innovative and sometimes destructive uses of water resources for hydropower and waste disposal. Explore the history, the museum, and the remnants of the “Works” (including the newly reconstructed cable derrick) to learn how one of our most precious resources, freshwater, was utilized in a different era.

Twilight Cemetery Tour – CANCELLED, please join us for weekly tours of the Cemetery on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Friday, August 28 | Red Butte Cemetery
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: Zupancis Restoration Project – POSTPONED to summer 2021, date TBA
September 18 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum
$10 in advance, $15 day of  (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer)
Join AHS for a panel discussion about the extensive Zupancis Homestead restoration project that is ongoing at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum property. From preserved runs of Victorian wallpaper to asbestos-laden walls, conservation projects are always an adventure! Moderated by AHS Curator Lisa Hancock, panelists include expert architectural conservator Natalie Feinberg Lopez, City of Aspen Historic Preservation Officer Amy Simon, and project architect and AHS trustee Charles Cunniffe. The program will include insight into historical restoration best practices, as well as details about the work accomplished thus far on the miner’s-cabin-turned-Victorian-era-home, shed, and barn. Join us for the inside scoop on the project’s successes, failures, and plenty of surprises in between.
Part of the History on Tap series, where history meets beer! Generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company

Miggs Durrance and Rene Knowlton on horseback on Red Mountain in 1948. Aspen Historical Society, Durrance Collection