Aspen Historical Society unveils new archival building

Jul 14, 2017

Lisa Hancock gives a tour of the new archive facility.
Credit Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

After a million dollar fundraising campaign, the Aspen Historical Society is celebrating its grand opening of a new archive building. With it, Aspen’s rich history has an extra layer of protection.

 

The Aspen Historical Society maintains the largest archive of images, historical papers, maps and artifact collections in the region. All kept in the museum’s new vault storage space. As Lisa Hancock, Vice President and curator the of the Aspen Historical Society said, it’s pretty high tech.

“There's water protection, fire protection, there's temperature and humidity regulation in the space, so our collection that's down there is going to be much safer and will last a lot longer,” said Hancock. “There will be hopefully no degradation in the collection.”

 

Other additions include a new community gallery and a 35 percent increase in storage space for the collection. The grand opening will launch the second part of the organization’s campaign to raise $2 million to support educational programing, research positions and future acquisitions.

 

The building’s grand opening and community celebration starts Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. This will include free museum admission all day at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.