Aspen Historical Society

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Elected leaders in Aspen choose a brewery - slash - small business incubator to fill the city-owned Old Power House.

Unstable snow on local ski slopes prompts the Aspen Skiing Company to temporarily close terrain.

A professional cross country ski racer is home from the World Championships. Aspen’s Simi Hamilton looks back on his season.

There won’t be a sentence for a fatal highway 133 crash for another month.

We hear from the head of Colorado’s largest oil and gas organization about why she’s leaving her post.

Elise Thatcher

The Aspen Community Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher visited on Tuesday, and has this story.

Bryan Dunnewald is practicing on the organ, in the sanctuary of the community church.  He’ll be performing here tonight. “I think the most interesting thing about this church is that it’s what I would consider a small town or country church,” says Dunnewald. “But it has a really nice acoustic, which is rare."

Elise Thatcher

Aspen’s West End is filled with stately older homes. Many are empty during the off season, but during the summer the neighborhood picks up. And in that new life, the Aspen Historical Society holds regular walking tours to show off vintage beauty, and tell some good tales about years gone by. 

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This week, Republicans decided who’s going to run against Democratic governor John Hickenlooper this fall.  Bob Beauprez is a former Congressman and wants to put government red tape on ice.

Republicans also chose to keep Representative Scott Tipton as their candidate for the sprawling 3rd Congressional District and we’ll hear from his Democratic opponent, Abel Tapia.

Finally, to get a break from all the politics, we’ll take a tour of Aspen’s Smuggler Mountain and its profitable mining history.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition, right now.

Rob St. Mary

This summer the City of Aspen is partnering with the Aspen Historical Society to show off Aspen’s mining history. Silver mining on Smuggler Mountain was big business in the late 1800’s. Now, remnants of that legacy are easy to find and highlighted on a weekly public jeep tour. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen went along for the ride, bumps and all, and filed this report.

Marci Krivonen

At one time, the Roaring Fork Valley was home in the summer to the Uncompahgre Ute tribe. They hunted and camped in the mountains surrounding Aspen. Now, most Northern Ute Indians live on a reservation in Utah but, one man decided to return. There may be only one Ute living in the Roaring Fork Valley now. Skyler Lomahaftewa says he’s the only Ute Tribal member living year-round in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The Aspen Historical Society, this month, reopened its exhibit focusing on the area’s previous dwellers, the Ute Indians. The popular exhibit features new artifacts from around Colorado. The idea is to educate people about the tribe’s history from hunting on the Western Slope to being forced out of the area and onto reservations. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen takes us on a tour.

Aspen Historical Society


What happens when you’re not from a place… but maybe your family was...years and years ago? Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher finds out. She had heard that she had ancestors in the Upper Valley during the turn of the last century… so she set out to find the real story.

Climb to Glory

During World War II, one of this country’s secret weapons was a group of hardy outdoorsmen known as the 10th Mountain Division. Many of its veterans went on to pioneer the US ski industry as we know it. Now, there’s a film that takes a closer look at what the soldiers went through, and later accomplished. 

Elise Thatcher

If you find something really, really old, the Aspen Historical Society might be interested in taking a look at it. But they’ll only come knocking in certain cases. 


This came up after the recent news of an old watch found on Pearl Pass, south of Aspen. Lisa Hancock is Curator of Collections with the Aspen Historical Society. She says if something like that pops up in the news or by word of mouth, the first question that comes to her mind is… who owns the land where the artifact was found?