Come join the celebration of Boulder's 150th anniversary this Wednesday with a free, panel discussion looking back on the past 50 years of the city. This is information on the event, released by the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee.
BOULDER -- A panel of Boulder community members active in politics, education, community issues and real estate will discuss Boulder’s transformation over the last 50 years in a panel discussion Wednesday, May 13 titled “Legends of Progress and Loss: Boulder from 1959 to 2009.”
The public event is part of the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration, which continues throughout 2009 celebrating Boulder’s founding in 1859. The discussion will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the University of Colorado campus in the Wittemyer Courtroom, Wolf Law Building.
Panelists include Albert Bartlett, CU professor emeritus of physics; Harold “Sonny” Flowers Jr., a prominent Boulder attorney; long-time Boulder resident and community leader Doris Hass; developer and businessman William “Bill” Reynolds; and Dorothy Rupert, former state legislator. Patty Limerick, director of CU’s Center of the American West, distinguished professor of history and MacArthur Fellow, will moderate the panel.
Topics will include Boulder’s development over the past 50 years under the slow-growth Danish Plan; the impact of the city and county open space plans; and various issues and community debates that have developed around Boulder’s growth from a “sleepy college town” in the 1950s to the city of today.
“Those of us who moved to Boulder several decades ago have witnessed many changes, some of which we like and some of which we don't,” said Dan Corson, Intergovernmental Services Director at the Colorado Historical Society, a former Boulder city councilman and chair of the sesquicentennial committee.
“This panel, comprised of five active citizens from diverse backgrounds who have lived in Boulder for at least 50 years or so, will offer its perspectives on Boulder's "progress" and "losses" during that period,” Corson said.
Program sponsors include: the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West and the Boulder History Museum. A reception will follow the discussion.
The panelists will bring a wealth of information about Boulder’s past to the discussion based on their respective backgrounds, detailed below. For more information on the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration, go to the Boulder150 Web site at www.boulder150.com.