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Aspen Historical Society's 'Time Travel Tuesdays' Opens With Glimpse At Historic Photos

Feb 2, 2020

Dick Durrance and Miggs Durrance in Portillo, Chile, circa 1955. Dick is standing on a large rock holding his video camera while Miggs is standing below holding a camera.
Credit Aspen Historical Society

The Aspen Historical Society’s Time Travel Tuesdays series kicks off this week with a glimpse at historic photo collections.

The event, titled Aspen in Focus, takes a look at the work of photographers from the 1880s through today. 


Five presenters will focus on different photographers and collections in the historical society’s public archives, from mining era photographer Col. John Bowman and early-Aspen photographer Horsethief Kelly to the Aspen Illustrated News to the Chamberlain, Rinquist, and Lindner collections.


Gretl Uhl standing on the steps of her restaurant on Aspen Mountain, circa 1980.
Credit Aspen Historical Society; Cassatt Collection

Aspen Historical Society vice president Nina Gabienelli is one of the presenters. She says preparing for tomorrow has helped her see Aspen in new, unexpected ways. 

"We have, I’m going to say, 50,000 images in our collection," she said, "and it’s just incredible, the stuff that I’ve learned in the past week." 

Gabienelli will perform as Gretl Uhl, who founded the restaurant now known as Bonnie’s on Aspen Mountain in another Time Travel Tuesday about historic ski pioneers. Another event features character performances of civic leaders Davis Hanson Waite and Eve Homeyer. The series culminates with a special opera performance that celebrates the state’s suffrage movement.


Time Travel Tuesdays take place at the Wheeler Opera House.