All in Time

From its Nobel Prize winners to the divine madness that is Kinetics, Boulder is full of fantastic firsts. With that in mind, curators at the Boulder History Museum (1206 Euclid Avenue) decided to mark the town’s sesquicentennial with the exhibit Only in Boulder, a historical overview with a tongue-in-cheek title that opens today at a Happy Birthday, Boulder! celebration and continues through May 2010. “We wanted to show the evolution of how Boulder became Boulder,” says museum spokeswoman Susan Linde. For example, she notes, Boulder’s preoccupation with natural foods and other healthy stuff might well have roots in the turn-of-the-last-century Boulder Sanitarium, which was built by John Kellogg (the notorious Seventh Day Adventist and cereal magnate) at the entry to Sunshine Canyon.

To celebrate the interactive exhibit – and as part of Boulder’s cooperative Sesquicentennial Stroll – the museum will host gold-panning, old-fashioned games, a birthday-cake cutting and other festivities from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. today. Admission is free; go to or call 303-449-3464.
Sat., July 4, 1:30-4:30 p.m., 2009

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