Old CU photo on Farrand Field

50 Years for the CU Environmental Center

Feb. 1, 2020

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, CU Boulder became the first university in the nation to open a student-led Environmental Center. The day coincided with the nation’s inaugural Earth Day.

Old Chip costume

Chip Tales

Feb. 1, 2020

CU students have performed as varying versions of Chip, CU Boulder’s character buffalo mascot, since the 1980s.

Simon Guggenheim

How We Got Guggenheim Hall

Feb. 1, 2020

Most of the buildings on CU’s old quad are named for past CU presidents, faculty, deans and regents. Then there’s Guggenheim.

old homecoming window display

Homecoming Throwback 

Nov. 1, 2019

From the 1920s and through the 1950s, a window-display mastermind joyfully created spectacular scenes in his hardware store on what is now the Pearl Street Mall.

Sewall Hall

Sewall of Sewall Hall

Oct. 1, 2019

On Sept. 5, 1877, the day CU opened, Joseph Sewall was on the steps of Old Main to shake every hand.

calling cards

Artifact — Visiting Cards

Oct. 1, 2019

Visiting cards, also known as calling cards, were popular among both men and women in the 19th century.

Tulagi

How Tulagi Got Its Start

Oct. 1, 2019

During winter break 1971, around Christmas, a disheveled band took the Tulagi’s stage on The Hill. The heater was broken, the club was frigid, the crowd was small. One of the musicians strummed a banjo in gloves.

ralphie cover

Then — May 1911

Oct. 1, 2019

It wasn’t much to look at, but it was the start of a CU Boulder institution. The first issue of this magazine appeared as The Colorado Alumnus in May 1911.

old train

Then 1910

Dec. 1, 2018

In the early 1900s, a person could ride a train directly to and from the CU Boulder campus.

Ellison's Ball

Ellison's Ball

On the third floor of Old Main, encased in glass in an exhibition hall chronicling CU Boulder’s distinguished history in space, there’s a football with “Colorado” pressed into the pigskin.

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