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125 years in 125 Days: Times and Historical Society team up

Tom Egan

Imagine the irony of being present when the largest silver nugget ever found was brought down from the Smuggler Mine in 1894 – a year after the silver market had collapsed. Be there when the first automobile, a Buick, pulled into Aspen in 1906. Follow the day-to-day excitement that was generated by the draining and reopening of the Smuggler Mine by deep-sea divers in 1910. And then imagine experiencing all these things essentially firsthand, from the comfort of your own home. That is the potential we all have with the “125 Years in 125 Days” project that is currently under way between The Aspen Times and the Aspen Historical Society. The goal of the project is simple: To put an exact copy of every page of every newspaper published in Aspen from 1881 through 1925 – headlines, stories, ads, cartoons, editorials, everything just as it all originally appeared – online and available to everyone by Jan. 1, 2007. The goal may be simple, but the particulars are painstaking. In addition to finding and cataloging each paper (there have been at least 14 different papers identified between Aspen, Ashcroft, and Independence), each page must then be photographed and transferred to microfilm before being scanned and indexed for posting online. It is a time-consuming and costly process. And that is where we need your help.The “125 Years in 125 Days” fundraising project begins on April 23, 2006, with the 125th anniversary of the first newspaper printed by The Aspen Times. During this time, page 15 in each edition of The Aspen Times daily will feature some element from the newspaper in years past. On Monday, April 24, we’ll start with an item from 1882 and we’ll work our way to the present day. The effort will culminate with a huge community party on Aug. 26. The Aspen Times and the Aspen Historical Society have set a goal of raising $125,000 to cover the cost of providing this invaluable community resource.Donations towards this worthy community project can be made at three different levels: The cost to preserve one week’s worth of news is $125, for one month is $450, and for an entire year is $5,000. To find out more, contact the Aspen Historical Society at 925-3721.

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