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Aspen Historical Society

  • Archive Aspen
  • Aspen, CO
  • 2011 - present


Aspen’s history continues to be written, and active collecting and preservation are key to help make history alive while capturing today’s stories. AHS is very active in the community, with historic sites, programs and exhibits which are as lively as its history as a mining town and world class destination for skiing and the arts.  The Archive Aspen project brings collections and public programs together within the historic shell of a building in Downtown Aspen to make them more accessible to a wider audience.


Working closely with leadership, staff and the local team of architects, ideas were explored to redevelop an historic building as a center where community could gather and collections preserved in an ideal environment.  Best practices were explored for creating a safe, sustainable center, and concepts were adopted to provide flexibility within the public space, work spaces and collections storage areas to accommodate a range of activities and collections types.


The planning created the concept of a new building within the historic shell that will provide ideal space for collections processing and storage, while still providing public spaces for programming of lectures and community meetings.  Through development of the design, technical support was provided to the local team to ensure the goals of flexibility and collections safety could be achieved.  AHS is currently fundraising for the project.