Historic Preservation Resources

The following links will take you to helpful sites for your historic preservation interests. If you know of a great site that isn't listed, please share


Boulder Historic Preservtion

The city of Boulder has had a Historic Preservation Program in place for 40 years to identify historic structures and districts and encourage their preservtion. The city is now developing a Historic Preservation Plan to coordinate those efforts. 

Boulder County Historic Preservation

Boulder County documents and preserves historic resources in the county through its land use code and comprehensive plan. The Historic Preservation Advisory Board and county staff assist property owners researching the history of their property and determining whether it is eligible for landmark designation. A Historic Landmark Rehabilitation Grat Program provides funding for rehabilitation of landmarked buildings or districts.

Boulder History Museum

The museum, now housed in the historic Harbeck-Bergheim House at 1206 Euclid Ave. in Boulder, offers a collection of more than 35,000 historic objects from Boulder's past. The museum is run by the Boulder Historical Society, founded in 1944 by A.A. "Gov" Paddock.

Boulder Geneological Society

The society offers monthly educational programs for anyone interested in exploring their heritage. Meetings are held at Frasier Meadows Retirement Community at 350 Ponca Pl. in Boulder. The society also publishes the Quarterly magazine with articles on geneology and research, maintains a portion of the historical collection at the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History and will perform research for a fee.

Carnegie Branch Library for Local History

The Carnegie, at 1125 Pine St., houses a collection of documents, photographs, oral history interviews, books, letters and periodicals related to Boulder's history. The collection is housed in Boulder's first library, built in 1906 with funds donated by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie. 

Erie Historical Society

Formed in 1984 to preserve the history of the town of Erie in eastern Boulder county, the Erie Historical Society is responsible for the Wise Homesteafd Museum at 1611 Jasper Rd.  The two-story homestead, built in 1870, presents the homey furnishings of an early home and hosts interpretive lectures. The society also sponsors Erie's Biscuit Day each year, a nod to a holiday first celebrated in the 19th century.

 Gold Hill

For 150 years Gold Hill, 10 miles west of Boulder up Sunshie Canyon, has housed a hardy population of mountain dwellers. Born as Colorado's first mining camp, Gold Hill has maintained many of its original buildings. The Gold Hill Museum archives and interprets the town's colorful history. For 50 years, The Gold Hill Inn has served gourmet fare in a funky setting and the neighboring Bluebird Lodge, built in 1872 as a respite for female school teachers, hosts murder mystery parties, corporate gatherings, weddings and other get-togethers. The Gold Hill General Store and Cafe  still fills the larders and bellies of the remaining residents. The raging Four Mile Fire nearly destroyed the town in 2010 (it did take out 169 homes nearby) but the historic old town was saved by determined firefighters and residents who refused to leave and drained their wells to beat back the flames. 

Longmont Museum and Cultural Center

Founded in 1936 by the St. Vrain Historical Society, the museum moved from one ad hoc location to another until it settled in 2011 in a building at 400 Quail Rd. specifically designed for its galleries. The museum is now a department of the city of Longmont and offers displays that include regional history, art, cultural exhibits and special showcases.

Louisville Historical Museum

Four old downtown buildings, built between 1904 and 1908, are home to the Louisville Historical Museum. Two of the buildings – the nationally registered Jacoe Store and the Tomeo House, a former miner's home – are open to the public and display artifacts from the city's history. The museum, owned and operated by the city of Louisville, focuses on the city's coal mining past..

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Located on the University of Colorado Boulder campus next to the University Memorial Center at Broadway and Euclid Avenue, the museum is packed with 4 million objects presented in five exhibition halls. The museum, an academic unit of CU's Graduate School,  includes collections in anthropology and archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology and zoology. The museum provides many programs and tours for K-12 classes and the public.


History Colorado

History Colorado is an agency of the state of Colorado's Department of Higher Education charged with preserving and presenting the state's historica legacy.  Established in 1879, History Colorado maintains historic museums around the state and provides educational resources for schools and offers educational experiences for the public. Through the State Historical Fund, History Colorado provides grants to the state's counties for local historic preservation efforts.

Colorado Preservation, Inc.

Founded in 1984, CPI promotes historic preservation in Colorado by providing information, educaiton, training, expertise and advocacy. CPI partners with the owners of historic properties, nonprofit organizations, educators and local governments.  

Colorado Railroad Museum

The Colorado Railroad Museum celebrates and preserves the trains that tied Colorado to the greater world, hauled in supplies and settlers and hauled out the bounty of minerals and animal skins that drew the first white visitors to the state. At 17155 W. 44th Ave. in Golden, the museum grounds are home to more than 100 narrow- and standard-gauge locomotives, passenger cars and cabooses. Inside are galleries of train memorabilia, a train library and gift store. Visitors can also ride the historic trains on the museum's 1/3-mile loop..


National Register of Historic Places

The National Preservation Act of 1966 gave the National Park Service responsibility for creating and maintaining a National Register of Historic Places, with the intention of calling attention to and preserving the nation's most valuable historic resources. Colorado houses 25 of those precious sites. 

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