Programs & Events

In addition to the below calendar of winter events, view the schedule of guided tours and visit the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, featuring the exhibition Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed. 

Image: A young skier in front of the lodge at Aspen Highlands in 1966. Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Illustrated News Collection
History in Your Backyard: North Star Nature Preserve
Wednesday, February 21
Meet in the North Star north parking lot (by the wildlife viewing platform, just past the North Star pedestrian bridge, before “the Beach” pull out.)
$10/free for Lixiviator Members and above; registration required online (open Jan 15)
Join AHS for a short lunch-time program to discover one of Pitkin County’s most popular open spaces at North Star Nature Preserve. The natural wetlands are also an historical east-of-Aspen enclave with many stories to share. We’ll recall turn-of-the century ranches, storied former owners (including one with surprising military ties), and more on a brief stroll along the preserve’s northern corner.
The History in Your Backyard series features short lunch-hour tours to explore the stories of familiar places in the Aspen area.
Spider Lives film screening and discussion with Amy Redford, Christin Cooper, and Mark Taché
Presented in partnership with Head 2 Head Foundation, AVSC, and Aspen Historical Society
Thursday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Children must be accompanied by an adult; film is rated PG13 and has adult content
Ticket required: or call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770
Aspen Historical Society, AVSC and Head2Head invite the community to a special screening of Spider Lives, followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers, Christin Cooper and Mark Taché, moderated by Amy Redford.
The award-winning USSA Hall of Fame tribute film is a journey into the rich history of professional ski racing through the story of renowned American ski hero, Spider Sabich. The film chronicles Spider’s career trajectory from racing phenom to Olympian; from World Cup winner to 2-time World Pro Tour champion, including an epic season-long battle with triple Olympic gold medalist Jean-Claude Killy for the 1973 Pro title, which came down to a final battle in the final race on the slopes of Spider’s adopted hometown of Aspen. Spider’s tragic passing just a few years later, at 31 years old, sent shock waves through the town and the ski world, where he seemed destined to become an industry icon in his post-competitive life. Newly unearthed stories from friends and those who worked and raced with Spider recount the talent, generosity, and celebrity of this charismatic once-in-a-generation superstar.

History in Your Backyard: Hallam Lake
Wednesday, March 20
Meet at the top of the ACES driveway, 100 Puppy Smith St. (behind the Post Office)
$10/free for Lixiviator Members and above; registration required at
Join AHS for a walk around the historic Hallam Lake! Now a nature preserve and home to ACES, the property once featured an ice-production facility, community dance hall, boat house, and more! We’ll stroll around the lake and share stories about the longtime community gathering place at the heart of Aspen, including how it was permanently protected thanks to Elizabeth Paepcke.

The History in Your Backyard series features short lunch-hour tours to explore the stories of familiar places in the Aspen area.