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Hikers waving on top of S Arapahoe Peak, Ca-1920. Courtesy Boulder Historical Society

Boulder History Museum celebrates 70 years of preserving Boulder’s past

Perhaps more than any other work on display at the Boulder History Museum, “Chief Niwot: Legend and Legacy” captures the essence of the institution’s role in preserving Boulder County history.

Award winning and critically acclaimed, the Chief Niwot exhibit tells of the legendary Arapaho chief most of us have heard of but few fully appreciate. The exhibition forges connections between Niwot’s extraordinary life as peace seeker, his death at the Sand Creek Massacre and ultimately, his impact on how we experience our surroundings today.

It is a stellar example of how the Boulder Historical Society has been preserving, cataloguing and presenting local history for more than 70 years. The society celebrated its anniversary Friday, Oct. 10.

The milestone is particularly significant in light of expansion plans underway. The Boulder History Museum soon will become the Museum of Boulder – with an expanded mission of telling Boulder’s past, present and future stories.

As part of the transformation, the museum will move from its location on University Hill to a much larger facility downtown at Broadway and Pine streets. Both buildings hosted anniversary celebrations on Oct. 10.

Read more about the commemoration of the Museum of Boulder and Laurie Paddock, founder of the Boulder historical Society, in the Daily Camera’s article.