Programs & Events

Live performance of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum

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Holden/Marolt Hoedown

Tuesday, June 11
4:30pm
Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum

Check back to purchase tickets: $20/adult in advance, $25/adult day of, $10/kid (ticket includes dinner and a beer for adults, additional beer $5, $15 adult admission with a beer, no dinner)

The community is invited to kick-off summer at this beloved annual event featuring machine demonstrations, farm animals, mining and ranching games, a beer garden, a barbecue picnic and live music with line dancing. New this year, enjoy guided tours of the Zupanics homestead, which AHS is restoring and interpreting in partnership with the City of Aspen, who relocated the buildings to the museum property in 2018.

History on Tap | Our Backcountry, Back in the Day

Friday, June 21
5:30pm
Willoughby Park

Check back to purchase tickets: $10 in advance, $15 day of (ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer)
Details TBA

Summer Exhibit Celebration & Free Museum Admission Day

Tuesday, July 2
4 – 6pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum

Free
The community is invited to a summer splash for the exhibit “bayer & bauhaus: how design shaped aspen” in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum as well as an opening of the new photographic display in the Archive Building Community Gallery featuring images by Margaret and Dick Durrance that were recently donated to the AHS Collection. This free event will include tours of the exhibit and display and light refreshments.

“A Briefly Complete History of Aspen” Live Performance

Saturday, July 13
10:30pm
Wheeler/Stallard Museum Grounds

Free

Professionally trained actors and historians Nina Gabianelli, Mike Monroney and Travis Lane McDiffett perform a 45-minute crash course in Aspen history featuring song, dance, and character presentations that will leave you laughing and breathless.

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
5:30pm
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
5:30pm
Limelight Hotel Aspen

Free

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
Sign up for your preferred time slot: 7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm, 8pm, 8:15pm
Red Butte Cemetery

Check back to purchase tickets: $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 full moon rises, we’ll hear about the lives of some of the cemetery’s most notable residents through museum theatre-style character performances.

History on Tap | Special Tour of Smuggler Mine

Friday, September 20
5:30 – 7pm
Smuggler Mine
Check back to purchase tickets: $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.