Programs & Events

In addition to the below schedule of upcoming programs and events, join AHS for outdoor guided tours and visit our four sites: the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, featuring the exhibition Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed, the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and the ghost towns of Ashcroft and Independence.

Image: Water sprays from T Lazy 7 Ranch’s “float” during the Aspen Fourth of July Parade in 1980. Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Times Collection

History Hike (Hunter Creek)
Saturday, August 13,
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Meet at the BLM parking lot off Hunter Creek Rd. (google map directions here)
Advance reservations required, limit 16 hikers
$10/Free for Lixiviator level and above members
Please dress appropriately as the tour will go rain or shine.

Adventure over the creek and through the woods on this moderate hike up to the Hunter Creek Valley above Aspen. Featuring several historical buildings, the valley was home to one of Aspen’s closest “camps” and features a rich history.

To Aspen & Back, Book Signing & Reception
Friday, August 26
5 – 7 p.m.

Wheeler/Stallard Musuem Grounds, 620 W. Bleeker St.
Free and open to the public (books available for sale with a portion of proceeds to benefit Aspen Historical Society)

Aspen Historical Society and DJ Watkins welcome the public to a celebratory release party and book signing for the much anticipated republishing of the acclaimed local title To Aspen & Back, by journalist Peggy Clifford.

Originally published in 1980 with a limited run that is nearly impossible to find today, To Aspen and Back is an insightful, acutely observed history and a deep examination of the social and cultural forces that shaped Aspen while at the same time threatened to destroy its ideals. Told in prose that both sings in its simplicity and invites deep connection with the idea of Aspen, the tale is astoundingly relevant today, over 40 years after its publication. The republished edition features a full complement of photographs curated by leading photographer David Hiser (including images from the AHS Collection), as well as a new afterword by Daniel Joseph Watkins, who saw the value of Clifford’s story and led the effort to republish this new and improved version. The new edition also includes the original introduction by Hunter S. Thompson, a friend, admirer, and political collaborator of Clifford’s who called her “the ultimate authority” on Aspen and her book “an act of passion.”

This special event will include remarks and book signings by Watkins and Hiser and light refreshments courtesy of ZG-CHICKS.

Twilight in the Cemetery: Stories from Aspen’s Ancestors
Tuesday, August 30
Red Butte Cemetery, Cemetery Lane
Sign up for your preferred time slot, (1 ½  hour tours): 6 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$15, advance registration required, limit 16 per tour slot

As dusk falls on Aspen’s storied Red Butte Cemetery, you’ll hear from some of the notable “residents” through researched museum theatre-style character performances. The late Aspenites* from different eras will share their stories graveside “in their own words,” performed by AHS staff, volunteers, and even direct descendants. This twilight tour offers a window into the area’s past through authentic personal histories.

*Performances include:
David Stapleton (presented by Dean Stapleton)
Mary Ella Stallard
Hildur Anderson
Governor Davis Hanson Waite
Ella Elijiah
Nick DeWolf
Rufus Reeves (Presented by Dan Reeves)

NEW! History in Your Backyard: Hunter Creek Valley
Tuesday, September 20
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wheeler/Stallard Museum grounds, 620 W. Bleeker St.

$10, registration required

Join AHS for the first installment of a new adult education series that explores the history of familiar places in the Aspen area. AHS historians and guest panelists will explore the history of one of Aspen’s closest “camps” in the Hunter Creek Valley and recent efforts to preserve the historical structures in the area. Panelists will include Hunter Creek Historical Foundation founders Graeme Means and Howie Mallory.