“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!
HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST ON LOCAL HISTORY
Announcing the inaugural edition of our Annual High School Essay Contest!
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 by November 20th. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries!
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our bylaws require Historic Boulder to hold an annual membership meeting in February in order to vote on the annual budget, proposed changes, and incoming members of the Board of Directors. Once we take care of business, we spend some time to recognize the extraordinary efforts of members of the community with our Joyce Davies Lifetime Preservation Award and our Volunteer Award.
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!
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.
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."
- National Trust for Historic Preservation