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History alive and well

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Aspen Historical Society I would like to thank everyone who helped make our “Schnickelfritz” party last Tuesday at the Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum the huge success it was.

Carl Bergman – winner of the “Mr. Fixit” award – and his merry band of volunteers have done an incredible job of keeping our mining history alive and vibrant by constantly adding to the exhibits and machinery that make this museum a showcase facility the community can be proud of. The Hickory House went above and beyond the call of duty and at a moment’s notice (and on a very busy night at their restaurant) found more food to feed the larger-than-expected crowd. The city of Aspen Parks Department continues to support the Society and the Holden/Marolt Barn whenever they can and it is greatly appreciated. Walt Smith is like the energizer bunny – he just keeps going and going and, as always, provided the perfect aural backdrop for an event dedicated to his old band-mate, Freddie Fisher (and I happily can’t get “The Girl from Ipanema” out of my head!). Maggie and the late Nick DeWolfe have provided unwavering support through the years and are responsible for sponsoring the new video exhibit(s) at the Barn which Joel Lee is producing. And, as always, the staff and volunteers of the Aspen Historical Society for helping everything run smoothly.

And, of course, we wouldn’t even have an historical society without the continued support and interest of the community. Our local history and the people that have been and continue to be a part of it are what have always given Aspen a depth and character that few small towns in the western United States can match. The future of our past in indeed bright with the continued support of this amazing community. Thank you from the Aspen Historical Society.

Tom Egan,

Communications director, Aspen Historical Society


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