After the gondola ride back down the mountain, we boarded a shuttle bus and were taken on a tour of three other venues in and around Aspen. The first stop: Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stallard Museum.
“MISSION STATEMENT: The Aspen Historical Society enriches the community through preserving and communicating of our remarkable history.
VISION STATEMENT: The Aspen Historical Society actively preserves and passionately presents our local history in an inspired and provocative manner that will continue to anchor our community and its evolving character. We enhance the lives of those with whom we work and live. We offer a compelling reason to live in and to visit Aspen/Snowmass.”
“Jerome B. Wheeler built this Queen Anne style home in 1888. Despite his plans, his wife Harriet Macy Valentine Wheeler refused to leave their mansion in Manitou Springs, Colorado and the family never lived here. Edgar and Mary Ella Stallard moved into the house in 1905, eventually purchasing it in 1917. The family lived here for forty years. The house last served as the residence of the Aspen Institute’s president before the Aspen Historical Society purchased it in 1969.”