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Aspen to celebrate history week

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen Historical Society is offering residents and visitors a chance to bone up on local history during the week of March 15, which has been declared Celebrate History Week.

Events are planned throughout the week, and local television and radio stations, as well as the newspapers, will be offering tidbits about Aspen’s past each day.

Free guided tours will begin at 1 p.m. each day at four historic locations ” the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, The Hotel Jerome and the Wheeler Opera House. Just show up. Anyone who needs transportation to Holden/Marolt can call the society at 925-3721 to arrange transportation.

The week’s special presentations begins March 15 with “The Ballad of Baby Doe” at 8 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, presented by McCormick Real Estate. The program features highlights from the opera in two acts. Tickets are $55 for patrons; $35 for regular admission; they’re available at the Wheeler Box Office.

On Tuesday, March 16, “Skiing Legends, Center Stage” begins at 7 p.m. at the Wheeler. The program includes a sneak preview of “Man on the Medal,” a new film about Dick Durrance and early skiing in Aspen, plus a screening of “Power of Four,” the Aspen Skiing Co.’s new promotional video.

The Skiing Legends panel discussion will bring together greats from the ’40s and celebrities from recent skiing history. Bob Beattie will moderate.

A silent auction begins in the Wheeler lobby at 6 p.m. After the presentation, a patrons-only reception and autograph session to meet the ski legends will take place in the lobby. Tickets are $50 for patrons and $10 for regular admission.

Wednesday, March 17, brings “Visions of the Founding Fathers: Reactions to 21st Century America” at 5:30 p.m. in the Aspen Institute’s Paepcke Auditorium. Hear how George Washington, John Adams and Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and others would critique the current state of our republic, as discussed by historians Joseph Ellis and Gordon Wood. Admission is free.

A “How to Trace Your Genealogy” workshop will be offered on March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the society’s archives, located at the Wheeler/Stallard Carriage House, 620 West Bleeker St.

Aspen Historical Society Curator Sarah Oates and genealogy expert Carole Foote will lead a workshop on what resources are available both locally and on-line for people interested in tracing their roots. Space is limited; the fee is $10. To register, call 925-3721, extension 109, and leave name and phone number.

March 18 is also the date of an oral history workshop at the Wheeler/Stallard House ” the second of two sessions teaching the protocol involved with conducting oral history interviews. The workshop is already filled; a second two-part workshop will be conducted this summer. Those interested in being notified should call 925 3721, extension 105 (Jill Uris).

On Friday, March 19, “One Hour Ahead: Artists in Aspen 1945-1979” will be presented at 3 p.m. at the Wheeler/Stallard House. The free lecture about Aspen’s connections with the international art scene will be offered by Dean Sobel, director of the Aspen Art Museum. The talk is a precursor to the publication of a book celebrating this year’s 25th anniversary of the art museum.

For more information about the week or the historical society, call 925-3721, extension 105, or log on at