Winter Programs & Events

Buckhorn Cabin on Aspen Mountain, where AHS will host “History on Tap: Skiing Hayden, 1937” on Saturday, April 6, 2019

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Native Storytelling in Snowmass

Fridays, January 11 – February 22 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | The Snowmass Collective, Base Village
Free in partnership with Snowmass Base Village
Join Spellbinders storyteller and AHS Education Director Nina Gabianelli for an hour of native storytelling. Learn the lore of the area’s original inhabitants, from creation stories to how the stars got in the sky, and more. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend, stories are best suited for kids age 4-12.

Valley Fine Art Opening Reception benefiting AHS

Friday, February 15
5pm – 9pm
Valley Fine Art gallery at the Wheeler Opera House, 213 S. Mill St.
Ten percent of proceeds from the day of the show will benefit AHS (up to $5,000)

Join Valley Fine Art for an opening reception to launch a show of original Aspen mining claim maps, photographs, unique surveys, and documents from the late nineteenth century. Historian Larry Fredrick will be present at 6pm to give an informal talk on this collection that the gallery acquired from the estate of John H. Marks, the US Deputy Mineral Surveyor in Aspen during the mining heyday. Curated by Mia Valley, the exciting new show offers a visual journey through the history of early Aspen – you may recognize your favorite ski run or even your house on these maps!

Time Travel Tuesdays | Aspen’s Characters: Stories from Strong and “Scandalous” Women

Tuesday, February 19
5:30pm – 7pm
Wheeler Opera House Lobby, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$10/free for AHS Lixiviator members
Click here to purchase tickets at aspenshowtix.com
Meet two of Aspen’s noteworthy former citizens in Chautauqua-style character presentations performed by Kimberly Rehfuss and Nina Gabianelli. Molly Ross, one of the area’s finest mining-era Madames, will share her trade secrets about the oldest profession in the world (and Aspen’s first “tax-paying” industry). Ellen E. “Captain” Jack, either insane or a shrewd entrepreneur, will offer a window into the vivid imagination and great exaggerations of arguably the most unusual woman of her day. These researched museum theatre presentations will shed light on two women who survived and thrived independently in the masculine world of early Colorado.

History Lessons with Larry

Third Thursday of each month, January – March
3:00pm – 4:00pm
FREE
AHS Archive Building, 620 W. Bleeker St. (In the Community Gallery)
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 17th – Fires & Firemen

February 21st –  Technology, Invention & Innovation in a Late-19th Century Mining Town

March 21st –  Then & Now: Familiar Sites, Buildings & Scenes in Aspen

Snow Screw Demonstrations at Buttermilk

Third Thursdays, February 21st and March 21st | 4PM – 5PM | Base of Buttermilk
Free courtesy of Aspen/Snowmass
Experience a first-generation snow machine in action during kids’ après at Buttermilk! Aspen Historical Society partnered with Aspen Skiing Company to restore a 1930s-era snow screw that was commissioned by Aspenite DRC Brown in 1938 and donated to the AHS Collection by Steve Knowlton in 1991. Thanks to Aspen/Snowmass mechanics, the vehicle runs again, moving across the snow on giant pontoon-shaped “screws.” Gear-heads of all ages will enjoy seeing this wild ride!

Time Travel Tuesdays | Aspen Dogs

Tuesday, March 5
5:30pm – 7pm
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$10/free for AHS Lixiviator members
Click here to purchase tickets at aspenshowtix.com
Across Aspen’s history, its people have both relied on and treasured dogs. A fascination that originated with the Native Ute tribe, hounds have supported the mines, 10th mountain military trainings, ski resorts, and beyond for over a century in the Roaring Fork Valley. Join Aspen Historical Society and friends to celebrate the storied history of Aspen’s love affair with dogs in a multi-dimensional program at the Wheeler Opera House. Opening with clips from the 1970s film “Dog Days in Aspen” and photos of Aspen’s historic four-legged friends, the program will share stories of some of the courageous canines that have made Aspen the dog-friendly community we know today. History scholar and performer Ed Foran will portray Stuart Mace, owner of a dog sled operation at Toklat near Ashcroft in a Chautauqua-style character performance. To close, we’ll meet rescue dogs from Aspen Animal Shelter and other “famous” pups. All humans are welcome, but please leave your pooches at home.

Retro Film Series: Decades of Skiing Aspen/Snowmass

Partnership with Limelight Hotel Aspen
Second Friday of each month, January – April
5:30pm – 6:45pm
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 to explore skiing’s illustrious past in the Aspen/Snowmass area. This community series features a wide range of vintage films from the Aspen Historical Society collection. Spanning four decades, the visual histories bring retro skiing to life on the big screen! Food and beverage specials offered at the Limelight bar may be enjoyed during the screenings.

Friday, January 11th – The 40s
Film #1 – Aspen Before Lifts – (1945/46) (18 minutes) Promotional film of early skiing featuring Friedel Pfeiffer, Johnny Litchfield, and Percy Rideout among others.
Film #2 – Until We Meet in Aspen – (1949) (24 minutes) Promotional film made by Dick Durrance

Friday, February 8th – The 50s
Film #1 – Little Skiers Big Day – (1955) (25 minutes) Film by Fred Iselin featuring Susie Wirth
Film #2 – Ski Time in Aspen – (1955) (27 minutes) Promotional film by Dick Durrance

Friday, March 8th – The 60s
Film #1 – Aspen Winter Mood (1963) (28 minutes) Aspen Ski Corporation promo film by Dick Durrance
Film #2 – It Happens in Aspen (1966) (26 minutes) Time Life TV Broadcast

Friday, April 12th – The 70s
Film #1 – Snowmass in 1967 (1967) (6 minutes) Aspen Ski Corporation, before lifts, by Dick Durrance
Film #2 – Grand Opening of Snowmass (1967) (23 minutes) Film by NBC News
Film #3 – Highlands Fling (1975) (20 minutes) film by Dick Barrymore

History on Tap | Skiing Hayden, 1937 (Buckhorn Cabin Party)

Saturday, April 6th | 1:30pm – 3pm | Buckhorn Cabin
$10 in advance, $15 at the event (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer)
click here to purchase tickets in advance online and save
Join Aspen Historical Society for an Aspen Brewing Company beer and the story of the first “ski resort” in the Roaring Fork Valley. Historian and actor Mike Monroney will perform a Chautauqua-style character presentation of Billy Fiske, telling the tale of his partnership with Ted Ryan and Tom Flynn to bring commercial skiing to the area. The trio’s plan for a European lift system for the Mount Hayden Massive came to a halt shortly after they built a lodge in the old town of Highland at the convergence of Castle and Conundrum Creeks. Fiske, the portray visionary, was a US Bobsled champion at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics whose dreams of skiing in the American West were tragically lost at the hands of World War II. We’ll welcome spring from Buckhorn Cabin and celebrate Fiske’s lasting impact on Aspen, perched high above its first “ski resort.”
History on Tap is generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company