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History Week

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes

In mid-March, the Aspen Historical Society held Celebrate History Week. Because Aspen has such a rich history, it was hard to pin it down between silver mining, ranching, skiing and the present-day culture.The week started with a presentation of The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Wheeler Opera House. The next evening featured Skiing Legends: Center Stage with many Aspen skiing legends onstage in a panel discussion and the showing of two films: A new film about Dick Durrance: The Man on the Medal and the Aspen Skiing Companys new promotional film, The Power of Four. On Wednesday the Historical Society teamed up with The Aspen Institute for Visions of the Founding Fathers, and on Thursday, Jane Jenkins and Katie Bergman co-hosted a cocktail reception for the societys National Council at the Maroon Creek Club. There was also a workshop at the society about How to Trace Your Genealogy. The week ended with a lecture by Dean Sobel, director of the Aspen Art Museum, about Aspen Artists 1945-1979.Sorry to report the death on March 9 of the Rev. Maryann Downs from cancer in Denver. She was 71. She was one of the rare female ministers of her time. When she was ordained in 1973, there were fewer than 10 United Methodist women in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, a four-state district. She was pastor of the Aspen Community Methodist Church and oversaw its restoration in the 1980s. In 1999, Maryann and her daughter, the Rev. Melanie Rosa, were featured in Life magazine as a mother and daughter both on the pulpit. Maryann served churches in Applewood, Pueblo, Denver, Aspen and Golden. She was mayor of Morrison, Colo., in 1978 and 1979. Her daughter said the bishop thought she would be the perfect minister in Aspen because she didnt ski and didnt know one movie star from another. Alexander Gradow, son of Barbi Benton and George Gradow,has been named to the winter term honor roll for academic achievement at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn.Three Aspen architects, Dave Gibson, August Reno and Scott Smith, are featured in an article in the spring 2004 issue of Architecture & Design of the West, a supplement of Colorado Expressions magazine.Featured in the Parties section of Town & Country magazines April issue are Evelyn and Leonard Lauder and Julia Koch at the Red Ball of the Whitney Museum. Evelyn and Julia, of course, were both wearing red.A reminder … Aspen High Schools Class of 1983 is planning its 21st class reunion for July 30-Aug. 1. All family, friends, fellow AHS classmates and faculty are invited to attend. Contact Jeff Scott at (303) 415-0325 or e-mail info@Aspen83.com.