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As church members, we know that our Boulder church has a notable history dating to August 2, 1879, when our congregation was formed and became the first Seventh-day Adventist church in Colorado. But there is more to our history, and we can take notable pride in the fact that Adventists in Boulder made a distinct imprint on the city’s culture and its near obsession with healthful living. Museum of Broadway offers a display of the Adventist involvement, since the late 1800s, in the life and culture of the city.
My interest was drawn to a part of the exhibit showcasing the various aspects of its history, culture, social change, contribution to healthy living, and scientific discoveries. It also features Boulderians who made a difference not only in this Western town, but for the betterment of society at large.
The exhibit prominently displays a photograph of the main building of Boulder Sanitarium by a known period photographer, Joseph Bevier Sturtevant. Establishing the Upper Mapleton area sanitarium, a Boulder branch of the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium was consulted with John Harvey Kellogg and Ellen G. White. It was opened in 1896 just 20 years after Boulder became part of the State of Colorado. The Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium and Hospital was built at 4th and Mapleton, at the foot of Mount Sanitas, which was named after the San, as the Sanitarium was nicknamed by locals in its early days. Later, in 1990, the Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium and Hospital was moved to Louisville and renamed Avista Adventist Hospital.
The exhibit references Adventist lifestyle and a holistic approach to health, which made the San a famed institution. As Adventists, we have been a good match for the outdoorsy and healthy culture of Boulder. Boulder is a well-known destination, nationally and internationally, for those who care about healthy lifestyle and caring for the environment.
One exhibit commentary refers to the sanitarium “as a retreat for tubercular patients ... offering patients a nutritious diet of fruits, grains, and vegetables, while discouraging coffee, meat, and other such ‘poisons.’ Its location was selected for the presumed benefits of the mountain air. The facility was equal parts medical boarding house, hospital, religious retreat, country club and spa.”
For those interested in what was on the menu at this health institution, you can try Spinach Timbales or Vegetarian Roast, recipes showcased in the display. The Adventist institution and its established contribution to Boulder’s contribution to healing, healthy lifestyle and vegetarian nutrition is placed alongside examples of healthy food products and organic food companies established in Boulder.\
The Museum of Boulder (2205 Broadway) is a worthy place to visit and enjoy a glimpse of Adventist heritage.
–- Rajmund Dabrowski, text and photos