Eliza Burlingame, Marketing Director
Aspen Historical Society
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Aspen Historical Society Honored with Local & State Awards
Archive Building renovation project earns accolades from government affiliates
May 24, 2018 – Aspen Historical Society (AHS) has been awarded two prestigious honors for the extensive renovation of the Archive Building. History Colorado presented AHS with the Caroline Bancroft History Project Award, given annually to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of Colorado history. The City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission also selected AHS for their annual Elizabeth Paepcke Award.
AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western Slope, including priceless records and artifacts from every era of the area’s history. Featuring a protective vault, new community gallery, office space, and a 35% increase in collections storage, the 2017 renovation increased energy efficiency, upgraded the building to industry standards for artifact storage, and improved public access without changing the original footprint.
History Colorado, a front-range agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education, has presented the Bancroft Award annually since 1987. "Aspen Historical Society's Archive Building Project was especially noteworthy to the judging committee,” said Elisa Phelps, Director of Contemporary Collecting and Special Projects at History Colorado, “as it combined the preservation of and public access to historic resources within a single project while generating community support in funding and enthusiastic program participation--each of which is a goal of the awards program." The award honors the legacy of Caroline Bancroft, a journalist for the Denver Post who wrote numerous books on the history of Colorado and funded the award’s monetary prize in her will.
The City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission has presented their awards for 25 years to recognize projects that made an outstanding contribution to historic preservation in Aspen. In addition to AHS, this year’s awards will honor three other projects as well as architect Harry Teague during City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, May 29th at 5 pm. “Aspen HPC values the community minded preservation contributions these projects and individuals have made to the city,” said Amy Simon, City of Aspen Historic Preservation Officer.
“A public archive of primary sources supports a collective understanding of history, fosters a sense of community, and encourages a life-long vested interest in the future of this special place,” said AHS CEO Kelly Murphy. “It is our privilege to do this work and we are grateful to both groups for acknowledging our efforts.”
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Aspen Historical Society (AHS) actively preserves and passionately presents local history in an inspired and provocative manner that will continue to anchor our community and its evolving character. AHS maintains one of the largest archives in the region, with a portion of our collection available online as a public resource. AHS operates four historic sites: Wheeler/Stallard Museum, Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and the ghost towns of Independence and Ashcroft, and offers year-round tours, programs, and community events for all ages to explore the history of the Aspen/Snowmass area. Visit www.aspenhistory.org or follow @historyaspen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information.