“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
Education is at the core of our public programming because an informed society is an empowered society. The programs below enable Historic Boulder to foster the spirit and promote the benefits of preservation.
This series combines two of our favorite things: learning history and being outdoors. Local guides lead small groups on easy to moderate treks through scenic and historically significant sites. Thank you to our wonderful partner Suzanne Michot!
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.
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.
We are working on an interactive mobile application that guides walkers through the history of "The Little Rectangle," Boulder's Black Neighborhood in the early days. This area was on Goss Street and the south side of Canyon (formerly Water street), has an important story to tell. Volunteer to help with this project!
THEMED HISTORY TOURS
Music and Counterculture: the 1960s and 1970s on the Hill.
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When Big Science Came to Boulder: a tour of NIST.
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Boulder Underground: An Historic Pub Crawl.
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These are just a few examples of the kinds of niche tours that liven up our signature programming. Check our events calendar for future tours!