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Moved by the generosity

Dear Editor:

Here is a great example of turning lemons into lemonade that we would like to share.

While we love our loyal supporters, the Aspen Historical Society still struggles to achieve high attendance levels due to our location. Did you know that attendance drops exponentially every half-block you move from the center of town? (Any town!)

We wanted to solicit input from a large cross-section of the community with regard to content for our new interpretive site proposed at Lift One. Normally a downtown site would be so prohibitive as to not be a consideration. But these are different times, for sure. Enlightened lease holders, Chaffin/Light and Lift One Lodge, consented to let us occupy a prime location they weren’t fully using almost directly across the street from the gondola.

Such spacious digs are unheard of for nonprofit budgets – we were ecstatic – and challenged to live up to the quality of the site with furnishings. Enter Corene McGovern and Lisa Zanni of Mittel Europa who not only provided complete furnishings and accoutrement but also convinced Double Diamond Moving and Storage to deliver.

Voila. Instant chic. This is a classic example of the extraordinary generosity extended by this community, even in challenging times. Chaffin/Light, Lift One Lodge and Mittel Europa and Double Diamond Moving all lent a hand and gave us an opportunity to flourish without any cost to the society. Thank you, all.

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Georgia Hanson

president and CEO, Aspen Historical Society