Fri, Oct 16 | Online Event

Meet the Spirits 2020

Meet the Spirits 2020

Time & Location

Oct 16, 2020, 5:00 PM – Oct 18, 2020, 11:59 PM
Online Event

About the Event

Meet the Spirits 2020 is a virtual tour of Columbia Cemetery, as told by some of Boulder's most famous - and infamous - figures. It's also a weekend full of opportunities for engaging local history lessons and idea exchanges - not to mention chances to win prizes. 

Ticket Prices

Main Event

$10 members | $14 nonmembers

Main Event + Bonus Experiences

$16 members | $22 nonmembers

Not a Member? See the ticket purchase form for money-saving Membership package options!

The Main Event: Meet the Spirits at Columbia Cemetery

The pre-filmed reenactments will be released to ticketholders on Friday, October 16th at 6pm. The lineup includes several familiar faces, and some new ones as well, such as: 

  • Mary Rippon and Wil Housel: a Professor, a student, and a forbidden love
  • Lew 'Indian Jack' Wallace: infamous character and prospector with a tragic end
  • William Casey and Eleanor Casey: the Superintendent of schools and his daughter, a Spanish Flu victim
  • David Nichols: the controversial early Boulder resident - was he a hero or a villain?
  • Harry Weaver: longtime sexton at Columbia Cemetery
  • Ellen Deardoff: your friendly neighborhood murderess and frequenter of mental institutions
  • Alice Morrison Baskett: prominent member of Boulder's Second Baptist Church and mother of jazz musician George Morrison
  • Neva Romero: Chicana student activist and car-bombing victim, one of Los Seis de Boulder

And more! 

The video series can be watched at your leisure and will be available to view online, beginning at 6pm on Friday October 16th through Nov 25, 2020. Only one ticket is required per household, with the assumption that some households will have multiple viewers/attendees. You will receive a digital pamphlet to download, with brief character introductions, photos, and information about Columbia Cemetery, so that you can explore it in person on your own time.

Bonus Experiences: Access to Partner Films & Interactive History Lessons

Attendes who choose the bonus experiences ticket option will gain access to two films about important facets of Boulder's history, and three live-streamed sessions with local historians weighing in on topics such as such as old-school burial rituals, Chicano activism in the 1970s and its deadly outcome, and the last epidemic to have a major impact on our town: the Spanish Flu.

Partner Films

  • "Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados," a documentary by Nicole Esquibel about Neva, los Seis de Boulder, and the unresolved investigations into their deaths
  • "Rocks Karma Arrows," Motus Theater's "multimedia contemporary theater piece looking at Boulder history through the lens of race and class. Historical figures, like the great Chief Niwot, come alive to tell the story of the early founding of Boulder and the final massacre at Sand Creek."

The films will be available for viewing at your leisure during the weekend, beginning at 8am on Saturday October 17th and ending at midnight on Sunday October 18th. 

Live-Streamed History Sessions

The interactive portion of the program features history experts sharing lessons about Boulder’s past. Each session will include a Talkback or Q&A opportunity with the presenter, so the audience has a a chance to pick their brains.

  • Saturday 10/17 at 5pm - Michael Dombrowski, researcher with University of Colorado Collections Management will cover the Spanish Flu epidemic in Boulder and how it relates to today.
  • Sunday 10/18 at 2pm - Mary Reilly McNellan, co-author of If These Stones Could Talk - Tales from Columbia Cemetery and green burial expert, will present about historical burial rituals and some of Columbia's hidden secrets.
  • Sunday 10/18 at 5pm - Nicole Esquibel, "Jamas Olvidados" filmmaker and Interim Dean of the School of Visual and Communication Arts at Avila University, will discuss Neva Romero and Los Seis de Boulder. 

Space is limited at the live sessions, so be sure to login on time. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, or if the live sessions fill up, don't worry! Recordings will be shared with everyone who purchases this ticket option, so you can watch them later on your own time.

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Ghost Walk at Gold Hill

Saturday, October 2 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Historic Boulder is thrilled to welcome the return of our Ghost Walk, Ghost Talk event. Attendees will meet the spirits at the Gold Hill cemetary, tour notable historic sites throughout the town at Gold Hill and enjoy lunch at the Gold Hill Inn.

More information coming soon! Please check back with us.