Challenge Programs: Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

12/1/2013 - 7/31/2019

Funding Totals (matching)

$500,000.00 (approved)
$500,000.00 (offered)
$500,000.00 (awarded)

Boulder Historical Society, Inc.

FAIN: CH-51236-15

Boulder Historical Society (Boulder, CO 80302-7224)
Nancy Geyer (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Debt retirement for the purchase of a Masonic Lodge building in downtown Boulder, Colorado to be repurposed into the new Museum of Boulder.

The Boulder History Museum requests a $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the purchase of a Masonic Lodge building in downtown Boulder, Colorado. The Challenge Grant of $500,000 will be matched with $2,140,000 raised through a capital campaign. The Masonic Lodge will be re-purposed into the Museum of Boulder, a dynamic state-of-the-art museum that will explore the history of the Boulder region.

Media Coverage

Taking a trip to Boulder? This is the museum you'll want to stop at. (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Joshua Berman
Publication: The Denver Post
Date: 6/6/2019
Abstract: News coverage of the newly opened Boulder Experience Gallery at the Museum of Boulder.
URL: http://

Exhibits for Museum of Boulder's new building take shape (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Christy Fanz
Publication: Daily Camera
Date: 4/14/2017
Abstract: News coverage of the Museum of Boulder's move from their old location in the Herbeck House to the old Masonic Lodge in the Downtown area. Nancy Geyer interviewed about the plans for the museum.
URL: http://

Associated Products

Boulder Experience Gallery (Exhibition)
Title: Boulder Experience Gallery
Curator: Unknown
Abstract: The page on the Museum of Boulder website describes the Boulder Experience Gallery (BEG) as such: "The Boulder Experience exhibition is a space for people to engage with the breadth of the innovation that was developed in Boulder and its impact on the world. Visitors are guided through displays, interactives and multimedia experiences that cover the history of Boulder from the earliest days of Native American inhabitants, through key times of cultural, scientific and economic change, continuing to the present day. There are stories ranging from the travels of the Arapaho to the building of the Kepler telescope by Ball Aerospace."
Year: 2018
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: This is the link to the page on their website with information on the exhibition.