Meet the Spirits 2020
About the Event
Meet the Spirits 2020 is a tour of Columbia Cemetery, as told by some of Boulder's most famous - and infamous - figures from its history. The spirit reenactment videos are available for viewing online, and the downloadable event program includes a map of the cemetery, so you can do a self-guided tour at Columbia anytime between now and November 25th. All-Access ticket holders can also view recordings of the live streamed history lessons from October 17th and 18th.
$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 available ticket holders through Wednesday, November 25th. The lineup includes several familiar faces, and some new ones as well, such as:
Mary Rippon and Will 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
Only one ticket is required per household, with the assumption that some households will have multiple viewers/attendees.
Bonus Experiences: Interactive History Lessons
Attendees who choose the all-access ticket option will be able to view recordings of the 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.
Live-Streamed History Sessions
The interactive portion of the program featured history experts sharing lessons about Boulder’s past.
Saturday 10/17 at 5pm - Michael Dombrowski, researcher with University of Colorado Collections Management covered the Spanish Flu epidemic and how it compares to Covid-19 today.
Unfortunately, this recording is unavailable, but the presentation document is available to read.
Sunday 10/18 at 2pm - Mary Reilly McNellan, co-author of If These Stones Could Talk - Tales from Columbia Cemetery and green burial expert, presented on historical burial rituals and some of Columbia's hidden secrets.
Sunday 10/18 at 5pm - Nicole Esquibel, "Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados" filmmaker and Chair of the School of Visual and Communication Arts at Avila University, discussed Neva Romero and Los Seis de Boulder.
THANK YOU TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR!
A Self-Guided / VirtualTour of Columbia Cemetery with Spirit Reenactments