HISTORIC HAPPENINGS: MARCH 2020

We're in the Cloud!


The timing could not have worked out better for Historic Boulder. We completed our transition to a virtual organization at the end of February and will no longer have a physical office on Pearl Street. Our staff and Board of Directors are in regular contact, working remotely to ensure that Historic Boulder's operations can continue, while keeping everyone's safety a priority.

Please update your records with Historic Boulder's new address:  1200 Pearl St, Ste 314 Boulder, CO 80302

We are maintaining a "virtual office" at Office Partners on Pearl, so feel free to send mail to the address listed above.  Please be assured that Historic Boulder's staff will be accessible and available to you. You are always welcome to call or email Historic Boulder to set up an in-person appointment.  History Hike Spring/Summer Series Covid-19 Update: At the time of publication, the first History Hike of the Spring/Summer series is postponed until further notice. We hope to be able to pick up the program in May, but we will keep you informed as the public health situation changes.  

Our History Hike program, in partnership with Bolder Adventure Travel, was such a blast last year that we're expanding the program in 2020. We are excited to announce our Spring/Summer series, led again by Eric Malmborg. 

POSTPONED: Marshall Mesa Trail

- Easy/Moderate


POSTPONED: Chautauqua Park with optional Happy Hour afterward at Chautauqua Dining Hall. 

- Easy/Moderate


  • Tuesday, June  2nd, 5pm - 7pm at Eldorado Canyon State Park

  • Moderate


Tickets will be for sale, beginning in April, on our website:  $15 for Historic Boulder members and $25 for non-members. Stay tuned for the announcement of our Summer/Fall History Hike program!


Business Member Spotlight Museum of Boulder Please join us in welcoming The Museum of Boulder to our business member community!  Many of our longtime members already know The Museum of Boulder quite well, and might remember it best as The Boulder Historical Society, whose home was the beloved Harbeck-Bergheim House from 1985 until recently. Having been around since 1944, the Boulder Historical Society embraced change in recent years to transform itself into the exciting Museum of Boulder that made a big splash when they purchased and renovated the Masonic Lodge on Pine and Broadway.  The Museum of Boulder has come a long way in a few short years. They've gone from a small, volunteer-run organization to a large, state-of-the-art museum with travelling exhibitions and school outreach programs that impact thousands of local kids. We know that the best is yet to come, and we look forward to many years of continued collaboration! Unfortunately, the museum is currently closed due to Coronavirus concerns. You can always show your support by purchasing a membership or making a donation. 

Volunteer Spotlight Board Member Johnny Freeston We are delighted to formally introduce our newest Board Member, Johnny Freeston! He is a self-proclaimed "passionate life-long historian," much like many of our members.  Also, like many of us, Johnny grew up elsewhere - Hershey, Pennsylvania - and found his home here in Boulder about 20 years ago. He brings not only extensive history knowledge to the board, but also years of experience and education in both business and non-profit management. He's also been actively involved in a number of volunteer initiatives around town, including with Boulder OSMP, St. Vrain FC (a youth soccer club), and Eagle Crest Elementary School. In his own words: "I’ve studied our city, county, state and want to help preserve the heritage of it all but also share the positive and powerful stories from our past to help shape our present. Historic Boulder stands out to me as a communal platform to educate our citizens and to collaborate with like-mind individuals and groups. I believe that Historic Boulder can leverage this moment to bring people together to enhance understanding, respect, diversity and inclusivity in our world class backyard." We couldn't agree more. Welcome to the team, Johnny! We're happy to have you.

Notes from The Board Join Our Board of Directors Historic Boulder is looking for skilled individuals with an interest in historic preservation to join our Board of Directors. Since its founding in 1972, Historic Boulder has been a leader in preservation, advocacy, and education efforts throughout the city and county. Major preservation accomplishments include the Arnett-Fullen House, the Hannah Barker House, and the Boulder Theater, among many others.  In addition to our existing community events such as Meet the Spirits at Columbia Cemetery and our Homes for the Holidays Tour, Salon Lecture Series, Month of Modern partnership, themed History Tours, and local History Hikes, the organization is currently developing new educational and outreach programming. And we could use your input! Board members are responsible for providing leadership support to Historic Boulder and to serve as active advocates of Historic Boulder’s mission. Board member expectations include providing support for projects and initiatives approved by the board, participation in board meetings and events, participation in at least one board committee, engagement in strategic and organizational planning, support bylaws and policies, assistance with fiduciary oversight and financial management, and maintaining an active membership with the organization. Historic Boulder is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is not connected to or affiliated with the City of Boulder Historic Preservation Program or Landmarks Board. To apply for this volunteer, unpaid position, please email us your resume and personal statement of interest. Feel free to reach out with any questions! 



Preservation Advocacy Boulder Theater Façade Restoration Continues!  Historic Boulder continues to work closely with The Boulder Theater and local specialists to assess and repair the theater's iconic facade. We have a major assessment scheduled for April 8th - Stay tuned for more updates as we move through this process!

Easement Inspection Program  Looking for a way to learn and give back to Historic Boulder? Want to do your part to protect local landmarks? We are currently recruiting volunteers to be part of our easements inspection team this summer. Please reach out for more information!



We Love Our Landmarks! Hotel Boulderado After over 100 years, the Hotel Boulderado still visually commands the downtown landscape like it did on opening night, New Year's Eve, in 1908.  Local architecture firm William Redding & Son designed the red brick, 5-storey building to be impressive, imposing and welcoming all at once. The style is indicative of the era in which is was built, and it combines Italianate and Southwest elements into the design - a great representation of Boulder's own mixed architectural heritage.  The idea for the hotel came into being shortly after the University of Colorado opened its doors and the Chautauqua was brought to Boulder. Town leaders saw an opportunity to take advantage of Boulder's new cultural institutions and valuable railroad hub to create an identity for itself as "the Athens of the West." The Daily Camera promoted the future and raised funds for the project.  The end result was The Hotel Boulderado, Colorado's first luxury hotel, whose history is inextricable from Boulder's, and indeed from Historic Boulder's own. The travel/vacation sector is predicted to be one of the hardest-hit industries by the financial fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic. We encourage you to support iconic local businesses like the Boulderado by purchasing gift cards or taking advantage of services that are still available and safe throughout this challenging time. The fabric of Boulder's local business community will certainly be affected - let's do our part to keep downtown vibrant and independent!  Stay Informed. Stay Safe.In this day and age, misinformation is rampant, and fear can easily take over. A society's best defense against anything is education. Please be sure to consult official sources when gathering information about Coronavirus. Here are some reliable sources for your reference: 



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