“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.”
- John Ruskin
All work and no play makes preservation a dull game! We try to celebrate our historic places regularly through annual member parties, exciting programs for the community, and through awards and honors. We hope you are able to join us!
PRESERVATION MONTH ACTIVITIES
Every year in May, local preservation groups, state historical societies, and business and civic organizations across the United States celebrate Preservation Month through events that promote historic places and heritage tourism, and that demonstrate the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.
This year Historic Boulder held three virtual slide show presentations on Wednesday evenings in May:
1) Modern Architecture Shapes The Progressive Spirit of Boulder,
2) Fort Chambers: A Call for Boulder to Reckon with our History and Build Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples Today, and
3) If Walls Could Talk: Homes of Boulder's Early Black Residents
Join our mailing list to get the links to the recordings!
HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST ON LOCAL HISTORY
Historic Boulder's Annual High School Essay Contest is in is second year. Our 2020 Winners are:
Cooper David Fagan (Centennial Middle) “Clela Rorex: An Inspiration”
Zoey Barber (Casey Middle) “Penfield Tate”
Rachel Tilton (Casey Middle) “Clela Rorex”
The contest is intended to showcase the writing, creative and research skills of students in the Boulder Valley Schools using essay themes drawn from Boulder history. Students are encouraged to discover how exploring Boulder’s past can deepen one’s understanding of the present and help us better plan for the future.
Any high school student in the Boulder Valley School District is invited to submit an entry in late fall - theme to be announced this summer. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries!
HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS TOUR
Our signature winter home tour has been one of Boulder's favorite holiday traditions for over 30 years. The tour features a handful of grand historic homes, centered around a theme, that have been gorgeously decorated for the occasion by local florists. You can also expect historic information, live entertainment, and local artisans.
SUMMER MEMBER APPRECIATION PARTY
This party is our one opportunity in the year for our members to get together with absolutely no agenda, other than to enjoy each other's company and nosh on goodies at a Boulder landmark!
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Every February Historic Boulder holds an annual membership meeting to welcome incoming members of the Board of Directors and approve the upcoming year's budget plans. We gather in a historic building to celebrate and recognize the extraordinary efforts of members of the community with our Joyce Davies Lifetime Preservation Award, our Volunteer Award and recent preservation success stories. We welcome you to become a member!
MEET THE SPIRITS CEMETERY TOUR
We have the privilege of partnering with Boulder's Parks and Recreation Department to bring the past to life at Columbia Cemetery with this one-of-a-kind tour. Visitors can enjoy re-enactments of some of Boulder's most memorable events and characters, plus readings from psychics, tales from paranormal investigators, and more! This event takes place on even-numbered years in late October - for optimal spookiness, of course.