Programs & Events

Aspen trees in the snow, circa 1980. Aspen Historical Society, Durrance Collection

Click here for the winter tour schedule, beginning December 6, 2019. Select tours are offered by appointment during the fall, dependent on guide availability.

Retro Film Series

Partnership with Limelight Hotel Aspen
Second Thursday of each month, February – April
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Limelight Hotel, 355 S Monarch St. (Screenings in the Monarch room off the lobby)
$10 suggested donation at the door – limited seating – first come first serve
Join Aspen Historical Society at the Limelight Hotel Aspen to explore skiing’s hot-doggin’ past in the Aspen/Snowmass area! This community series features NEWLY-DIGITIZED footage (old films, new to you) from the Aspen Historical Society Collection that bring retro skiing to life! Food and beverage specials offered at the Limelight bar may be enjoyed during the screenings.

  • Thursday, February 13th
    Film #1 – Yoo Hoo I’m a Bird – (1955) (26 minutes) Film by Fred Iselin
    Film #2 – ski footage from Taos, Vail & Aspen (~1965) (23 minutes) Footage by John Jay
  • Thursday, March 12th
    Film #1 – Big Week in Aspen (1964) (23 minutes) Film by Jack Douglas
    Film #2 – ski footage from Aspen (late 1960s) (22 minutes) Footage by Dick Barrymore
  • Thursday, April 9th
    Film #1 – 10th Mountain Division footage from Camp Hale (1940s) (15 minutes)
    Film #2 – tbd 

Sundays LIVE in Snowmass | History “On Stage” Aspen’s Ski Pioneers

Third Sunday of each month, January – March
7 – 8 p.m.
The Collective, Snowmass Base Village
$10 suggested donation at the door – limited seating – first come first serve
Join history scholars and actors from Aspen Historical Society for first-person accounts of area ski pioneers in LIVE museum theatre character performances on Sundays at The Collective in Snowmass. Hear from legendary Aspenites “in their own words” during these special programs presented in partnership with the Town of Snowmass.

  • January 19th – Billy Fiske performed by Mike Monroney
  • February 16th – Fred Iselin performed by Alexander Hunter
  • March 15th –  Gretl Uhl performed by Nina Gabianelli

Time Travel Tuesdays | History “On Stage” Davis Hanson Waite & Eve Homeyer

Tuesday, February 18
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House Lobby, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$10 / free for AHS Lixiviator members
Click HERE to purchase tickets on; Lixiviator Members secure your free tickets at 970-920-5770 or at the Wheeler box office
In honor of the centennial anniversary of woman’s suffrage in 2020, history scholars and actors Mike Monroney and Lynn Aliya will present first-person accounts of Aspenites Davis Hanson Waite and Eve Homeyer in conversation style museum theatre performances. Waite, the Populist eighth Governor of Colorado, was an instrumental champion of the suffrage journey in CO. A lawyer who moved to Leadville and then Aspen around 1880, Waite also started the newspaper that is now the Aspen Times. Eve Homeyer was Aspen’s first female mayor, serving for two terms from 1970 – 1973. A Nebraska native, Eve moved to Aspen in 1959 to “ski bum.” Ten year’s later, she ran for mayor on a platform that prioritized preserving open space through strategic community development, the public transportation, and many other causes that define modern Aspen. Get inspired during this election year with stories from impactful local politicians “in their own words” during Time Travel Tuesdays in The Vault at the Wheeler Opera House.

History Lessons with Larry

Third Thursday of each month, January – March
3 – 4 p.m.
Community Gallery, AHS Archive Building, 620 W. Bleeker St. 
Longtime Aspen Historical Society volunteer Larry Fredrick will share in-depth but timely lessons in specific areas of Aspen history. A mining expert, Larry’s breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm for stories from the past will entertain budding historians of all ages and interest!

  • January 16th – Unraveling the Real Silver Queen Story
  • February 20th – Recreation in the Early Years
  • March 19th –  Durant Avenue: Then & Now

Time Travel Tuesdays | Selections from “The Mother of Us All,” Susan B. Anthony Opera presented by University of Northern Colorado

Tuesday, March 3
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$10 / free for AHS Lixiviator members
Click HERE to purchase tickets on; Lixiviator Members secure your free tickets at 970-920-5770 or at the Wheeler box office
In honor of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote in the United States, Aspen Historical Society welcomes the University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre to Aspen this March to present “Songs of Suffrage: The Music of a Movement,” featuring selections from Virgil Thomson’s opera The “Mother of Us All,” a fanciful historical opera, written by Virgil Thomson that chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony. “Songs of Suffrage” is a 50-minute homage to the movement, with the music of “The Mother of Us All” as its anchor; interspersed with narrative and additional protest and march songs of the period. UNC is presenting “Songs of Suffrage” throughout Colorado in the spring of 2020 as part of the Colorado Women’s Vote Centennial celebrations. Thanks to statewide grassroots efforts, Colorado passed a popular referendum in 1893, becoming the first state to grant woman the right to vote. Throughout the 2020 election year, AHS will honor the state’s progressive suffrage journey and nation’s largest expansion of voting rights in history, beginning with this special performance that celebrates inclusive democracy.

History on Tap | Skiing in Colorado with Dr. Duane Vandenbusche

Thursday, March 19th
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Downstairs at The Little Nell, 675 E Durant Ave
Click HERE to purchase tickets online in advance (advance ticketing closes 3/18)
$10 in advance / $15 at the door if available
Ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer
History on Tap is generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company

Join Aspen Historical Society and the incoming CO State Historian Dr. Duane Vandenbusche for an Aspen Brewing Company beer and the history of skiing in Colorado. A history professor at Western State University since 1962, Duane will share pictures of Colorado’s ski history and discus the influence it had on the economic, cultural and social development of the State.