The Aspen Historical Society (AHS) has received statewide and local awards for renovations to its Archive Building.
On Tuesday, History Colorado, part of the Colorado Department of Higher Education presented the non-profit with the Bancroft Award for advancing preservation and public access to historical artifacts.
The Archive Building houses hundreds of items, from historic mining deeds to vintage ski suits and maps. The recent renovations increased storage and added a new protective vault. There is now a new community gallery to display photographs and artifacts, as well as space for field trips and educational events.
Originally built in the 1970s, AHS houses one of the largest public archives on the Western Slope. As the collection grows, so does the need for space, said Aspen Historical Society CEO Kelly Murphy.
“Our collection is always growing, and always will grow so we’re always needing more space. It enables us to have more community events with the meeting space, with the gallery space, we can host more members of the community in here for various things.”
The renovations also allowed for better energy efficiency, while preserving the past.