Basalt historical society projects get a boost |

Basalt historical society projects get a boost

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – The final push of an effort to restore a historic building in Basalt and create a living history museum got an important fundraising boost last week.

The Basalt Regional Heritage Society was named the co-beneficiary of the Roaring Fork Charity Classic, a popular golf fundraiser at the Roaring Fork Club. The other beneficiary is the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, which will use its share of funds for marketing.

The Roaring Fork Charity Classic raises several thousand dollars annually for nonprofit organizations. The approval for Roaring Fork Club golf and residential development gives the town government the power to decide who benefits from the event. Habitat for Humanity was the recipient the last two years. A committee of Town Council members, town staff and the Roaring Fork Club general manager reviewed applications this year and selected the historical society and chamber of commerce. The decision was approved by the full council Tuesday night.

The historical society is in the final stages of fundraising to restore the Arbaney Barn, which is next to Arbaney Park and close to the elementary and middle schools. The wood structure was used as a horse barn by the Emery Arbaney family, which purchased the land in 1909. The land was in the Arbaney family until 1973.

The historical society set a goal several years ago to raise $126,400 to restore the barn. It has whittled that remaining amount to $35,000. The town government has pledged support with upkeep once the barn is restored.

“The Arbaney Barn will not be a museum where the displays just gather dust. The [historical society] plans on breathing life into the museum through live demonstrations that show what life was like in Basalt,” the organization’s website said.

The heritage society will hold talks in the barn and demonstrate aspects of ranching life such as butter churning, apple cider pressing and preserving fruits and the like. There will be a heavy emphasis on working with the schools once the museum is operating.

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