Wheeler / Stallard Museum

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all public programming and museum visitation is currently suspended. This includes the Wheeler/Stallard Museum through at least June 16, 2020, though everything is subject to change.

After June 16th, dependent on the latest public health recommendations at the local and state level, we HOPE to open the museum with appropriate social distancing and public health regulations in place. Please continue to check this page or contact AHS for more information at info@aspenhistory.org or 970.925.3721. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back to our sites and programs when it is safe to do so.

Location:
620 W Bleeker Street
Tel: 970.925.3721
Fax: 970.925.5347

Hours of Operation:
Open with docent onsite Tuesday – Saturday, from 11am – 5pm
The museum is closed all Sundays, Mondays and major holidays, including Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2020

Admission:*
AHS is offering free admission for all visitors until the new exhibit opens in the second floor gallery, date TBD.

Free for AHS members
Free for active military personnel through the Blue Star program
$10 adults / $8 seniors / children 18 and under free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Admission is free for all guests on the first Saturday of each month
*Admission fee includes access to the Holden/Marolt Museum during the summer.

About the Museum:
The Wheeler/Stallard house is a Queen Anne style Victorian built around 1887/1888. The first floor of the Museum is interpreted as a Victorian Aspen home and the second floor gallery features rotating exhibitions to explore area history.

Site History:
Jerome B. Wheeler built this Queen Anne style Victorian in 1888 for his family. Situated on an entire city block, the home was one of many stately properties in Aspen’s West End neighborhood. Despite his plans, his wife Harriet Macy Valentine Wheeler refused to leave their mansion in Manitou Springs, Colorado and the family never lived in the house. Edgar and Mary Ella Stallard moved in 1905, eventually purchasing the house in 1917. The family lived here for forty years. The house last served as the residence of the Aspen Institute’s president before the Aspen Historical Society purchased it in 1969.

Exhibit


Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed

Opening when possible in Summer 2020 – Spring 2023

Aspen Historical Society presents Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed, a new exhibit that offers a comprehensive view of Aspen’s fascinating past. The exhibit explores the stories that shaped the community’s distinct identity: from mining boom to dilapidated ranching town to today’s international recreational and cultural resort, Aspen forged a unique path. Featuring photographs and artifacts that represent Aspen’s connection to national events and trends, the exhibition reflects on the community’s place within the larger historical landscape of the American nation – sometimes congruent, sometimes divergent – but always exciting. Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed will appeal to visitors and locals of all ages, showcasing the depth of the AHS Collection.

Archive Building


Archives & Collection Research

Located on the same property as the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, the Archive Building is home to the Society’s Archives and a good portion of the Collection.

AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western slope, an invaluable public resource for the local and regional community. A significant portion of the Collection is housed in the Archive Building, including over 40,000 historical images, oral histories, newspapers, manuscripts, films, and other records, as well as many of the 6,000-plus artifacts that have been accessioned by the Society for the benefit of the community.

The public is invited to use the archives for research, for anything from genealogy to birth certificates to historic land use records. Archive technicians are available for research assistance, appointments are recommended. In addition, over 20,000 historical images from the AHS Collection can be searched and purchased online at ArchiveAspen.org.

Research appointments are available from 9am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday. Call 970.925.3721 or email archives@aspenhistory.org to book. (The Archive Office is closed for all major holidays, including Martin Luther King Day on January 21, 2019).

Click here to learn more about the Archive Building and the Community Gallery photographic displays.


Community Gallery

The Community Gallery is a multi-use space located on the first floor of the Archive Building. The room is available by appointment for use as a meeting space, contact travis@aspenhistory.org to reserve. The Community Gallery also features rotating displays highlighting works from the AHS Collection.

Currently* on display, Maps Through the Decades features historical maps of many varieties from the AHS Archives. From mining claims to trail maps, the new display presents a curated selection of the extensive AHS map collection. The display features maps as functional works of art from 1870 through 1970, celebrating the creation process of maps such as the Hayden Geological Survey and illustrating how maps shaped the evolution of the area from wildlands to mining camp to modern mountain town.

The Community Gallery is open during Archive Building hours, however it is best to call ahead to confirm access in case there are meetings or gatherings in the room that prohibit viewing of the display. 

*Opening date TBD dependent on public health recommendations.