David Bolen finishing Men's 400 at 1948 Olympics

CU's First Olympian

June 1, 2020

CU has had over 85 Olympians. It all started with David Bolen.

SATC camp at CU Boulder during Spanish Flu

The 1918 Flu at CU

June 1, 2020

During the 1918 flu epidemic, the visiting Student Army Training Corps who lived in the Armory were dispersed into “barracks-like tents” so the building could be used as a hospital.

George Norlin fly fishing collection

Norlin the Fisherman

June 1, 2020

George Norlin is famous for many things around CU's campus, but you might not know just how much he loved to fish.

Norlin Postcard 1954

Thinking of You

June 1, 2020

Vintage postcards dating as far back as 1911 speak to the Norlin Charge, first read in 1935: "The University consists of all who come into and go forth from her halls, who are thinkg of you touched by her influence and who carry on her spirit."

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.

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