Programs & Events

Live performance of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum during the annual Ice Cream Social

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History Hikes Series

Saturdays, specific dates, hikes and meeting places below.
9AM (duration varies depending on the trail)
$10 / Free for AHS Lixiviator Members and above with reservation. Click links below to reserve individual hikes
Discover the hidden history within the area’s classic hikes! From downtown to high above Independence Pass to Castle Creek, the series allows hikers of all levels to choose their adventure through time. Choose your favorite trail, or perhaps one you’ve never explored. Can’t decide? Join for them all!

  • July 20 – Aspen Mountain (Black/Difficult)
    Explore the once-rich silver deposits and the tailings that remain on Aspen’s eponymous hill, a maze of tunnels, mines and mining remnants under your feet. This hike is strenuous, ascending close to 1,000ft to mid-mountain! Meet at Koch Lumber Park.
  • July 27 – Ashcroft Ghost Town (Blue/Moderate)
    Hear about the unique history of this once-thriving mining camp on a stroll through the ghost town’s many conserved buildings, situated among spectacular high alpine meadows. Meet at the Ashcroft parking lot.
  • August 10 – Green Mountain (Black/Difficult)
    Adventure over the streams and through the woods to Independence’s lesser-known and secluded sister ghost town, home to several old miners’ cabins and the leftovers of a once-bustling mining operation. Meet at the Farwell Mill parking lot, mile 56.5 on Highway 82 up Independence Pass.
  • August 17 – Independence Ghost Town (Blue/Moderate)
    Experience what remains of the first mining settlement in the Roaring Fork Valley and the 1880s gold rush of Independence on a walk through the ghost town, located at the base of the Continental Divide on Independence Pass. Meet at Independence Ghost Town parking lot.

Water in the Age of Silver: Touring Aspen’s “Holden Works”

A program of Roaring Fork Conservancy offered in partnership with City of Aspen Parks & Open Space and AHS
Wednesday, July 24
Holden-Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum

Free, reservation required with Roaring Fork Conservancy (opens July 3)

Discover the largest industrial site in the history of Pitkin County: a state of the art silver processing plant known as the Holden Lixiviation Works. This silver processing plant was built on the banks of Castle Creek in 1891 by Edward Royal Holden, leading 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.

Ice Cream Social

Saturday, August 3
2pm – 4pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum

Free event admission / $3 ice cream bowls / $5 spiked “Aspen Crud” milkshakes

Guests of all ages are invited to celebrate the longstanding tradition of a community ice cream social in Aspen! The free event features live music, a presentation of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” (a 45-minute crash course in Aspen history featuring song, dance, and character presentations), and most importantly ice cream bowls replete with toppings and boozy milkshakes are available for a small fee. Since the mining era in Aspen, ice cream socials have been a popular summer gathering in the community.

Bauhaus Evenings: Aspen’s Characters | Herbert Bayer

a Bauhaus 100: Aspen program in partnership with the Limelight Hotel Aspen
Tuesday, August 13
Limelight Hotel Aspen


Aspen Historical Society’s “History Coach” (and professional actor) Mike Monroney will present a Chautauqua-style character performance of Bauhaus artist Hebert Bayer, who came to Aspen in 1946 with his wife Joella and helped guide the community’s cultural and philosophic values. In honor of the AHS exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen,” the researched museum theatre performance will explore Bayer’s fascination with and relationship to Aspen, “in his own words.” This special free program is part of Bauhaus 100: Aspen, the community-wide centennial celebrations of the Bauhaus school.

Twilight Cemetery Tour

Friday, August 23
Choose your tour time: 7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm, 8pm, 8:15pm
Red Butte Cemetery

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS and reserve for your preferred start time: $10 in advance, $15 graveside
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 moon rises, we’ll hear about the lives of some of the cemetery’s most notable residents through researched museum theatre-style character presentations performed by local actors and historians.

History on Tap | Special Tour of Smuggler Mine

Friday, September 20
5:30 – 7pm
Smuggler Mine
Check back to purchase tickets, on sale on July 23rd: $30 in advance, $35 day of (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer)

“Where history meets beer…”
Grab your friends and head to Smuggler Mine to experience the underground world of the area’s mining history. History buff and mine guides will offer hard-hat tours of the mine paired with a local craft beer.
Aspen Historical Society’s “History on Tap” programs are generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company.