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City of Boulder and Museum of Boulder Partner on Boulder Strong Memorial

The City of Boulder and the Museum of Boulder at Tebo Center have partnered to honor the victims of the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder.

The city and the museum are in the early planning stages for both short-term and permanent memorials. Consideration of input from those directly impacted by the tragedy, as well as the broader community, will be a core component of the process. Planning is underway, while being mindful of the necessary time for pause, reflection and response to the situation. 

Currently, a temporary memorial fence at 3600 Table Mesa Drive is home to 1000s of items placed there by community members and mourners to express grief, sympathy and solidarity.

“Our community is still reeling from the recent tragedy and will be grieving for a long time to come,” said Interim City Manager Chris Meschuk. “The city is committed to honoring the victims and preserving the outpouring of support embodied in this organically created tribute.”

The community should expect the fence housing the memorial to evolve over time as future plans are considered. As a first part of this evolution, the Museum of Boulder, supported by volunteers, will be moving tribute items, from part of the temporary fence to another location a few feet away to allow better access and circulation in the area. The move is scheduled for later this week pending weather. Determinations about other items currently located on the fence will be made after the one-month remembrance.

Founded in 1944 as the Boulder Historical Society, the Museum of Boulder is an arts and cultural institution that showcases Boulder through innovative exhibits, programs and social engagement.

“The Museum of Boulder is respectfully seeking to serve as a conduit to help our community heal,” said Lori Preston, Executive Director of the Museum of Boulder. “The process of preservation of artifacts, stories and oral histories is especially important at this time in light of the pandemic and limited ability for family members and friends of loved ones to attend the vigils and visit the sites.”

Visitors to the tribute, or anyone in the community, who needs mental or emotional support is welcome to visit the Boulder Strong Resource Center. The center is located at the Chase Bank at 603 S. Broadway and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the city’s website.

To learn more, visit the City of Boulder and the Museum of Boulder.

Media contacts: 

Julie Causa, City of Boulder Media Relations, 719-396-1733
Noreen Walsh, City of Boulder Project Manager, 303-441-4205
Lori Preston, Executive Director at the Museum of Boulder, 303-449-3464 x1

Published April 16, 2021