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    Museum of Boulder

    Museum of Boulder's Archive 75 Exhibit

    Oct. 10, 2019–March 31, 2020

    The Museum of Boulder celebrates a huge milestone in 2019: it's 75th anniversary! That's 75 years of dedicated research, artifact collection, and preservation of Boulder's unique story for all to enjoy. Come celebrate at the museum's special Archive 75 exhibition, created specifically for the anniversary.

    Museum of Boulder Rooftop

    What You'll See

    The Archive 75 exhibition will highlight 75 significant objects and documents from the museum's expansive collection of 45,000 artifacts — some of which aren't seen by the public very often. They will tell 75 stories — harrowing, heartbreaking, pathbreaking, brave — about Boulder’s rich and complicated history.

    Below is just a sampling of the 75 artifacts that will be on display:Martha Maxwell

    • Studebaker Horse-Drawn Carriage, c.1890 Consider traveling throughout the Boulder area before cars. This carriage came from a homesteading family whose property is about five miles from Boulder’s Pearl Street. This journey by carriage would take over an hour! Once in town, horses and carriages were parked in corrals — a bit different from modern-day garages and parking payment apps?
    • Mork & Mindy On-Set Sign, 1978 In the summer of 1978, Hollywood came to Boulder as an ABC-TV crew filmed scenes for the new sitcom "Mork and Mindy." The show set featured known Boulder buildings and businesses — and lucky locals as background extras. Maybe the most famous is the "Mork & Mindy house” still seen at 16th and Pearl.
    • Connie Carpenter’s Cycling Shoes, c.1980 A trailblazer in women’s cycling and sports, Connie Carpenter won the gold medal in the very first Olympic women’s cycling event ever held (in 1984). This pair of cycling shoes, complete with punched leather and clips on the soles, are from Connie’s 80s-era racing days. 
    • IBM PC Convertible, 1986 IBM did not see breakthrough sales of its first laptop due to its small screen, slow speeds, and $2,000 price tag, although it did anticipate future laptop trends like battery power and detachable screens.
    • The "bloomer suit" of Martha Maxwell (1831–188), a trailblazing naturalist who preferred the outfit for her outdoor lifestyle and adventuring in Boulder.

    If you want to hear some incredible stories and learn what makes Boulder tick, this exhibit is a must-see.

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    Where and When

    This installation will be featured in the 2,600 square-foot main exhibit gallery on the first floor of the Museum of Boulder from October 10, 2019, to March 31, 2020. Details for a 75th Anniversary Gala event and opening weekend entertainment and special guest presentations to be announced soon!