Tag Archives: In Memoriam

Remembering Roland

30 Apr

Remembering Roland from Boulder Oral History Program on Vimeo.

IN MARCH, ROLAND WOLCOTT passed away. Roland was a long-time member of our oral history program as well as the grandson of pioneers who came to the Boulder area by wagon train in 1862. Born in 1917, Roland cared deeply about local history; he was a bottomless repository of historical information and never stopped collecting and analyzing the stories of Boulder County. He and his wife Jewel, who predeceased him and also was a valued member of our program, raised eight children in a small cabin in Boulder Canyon, part of the time without any plumbing or electricity. We are pleased to post this video so that Roland can continue to tell part of his story.

In Memoriam, 2010: Father James McKeown

3 Dec

THE MARIA ROGERS ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM has collected interviews with Boulder and Boulder County residents since 1976. Each year we add about 50 new interviews to our archive. And every year, some of the people that we interviewed finish their time here on earth, leaving behind loved ones and memories of a wide variety of experiences and accomplishments. Fifteen of the people who died in 2010 told of their experiences through oral history interviews.

The sanctuary at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder

One of those people, Father James McKeown, is featured in our latest podcast, produced by Heidi Pate. Father McKeown was born in 1921 and was a priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Boulder from 1965 to 1991.  In his oral history he spoke about his church’s response to the influx of young people to Boulder during the summers of the late 1960s, including many runaways who had heard about Boulder’s reputation as a “happening place.”

Father McKeown explained, “At that time the city and county had no facilities for runaways. They were put into the regular jail. Continue reading

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