The Mesa Laboratory was completed in 1966 and staff moved in to the new building beginning in September 1967.  The building was dedicated in May 1967 with a formally ceremony to mark the event.  Adverse atmospheric conditions in the form of wind forced the ceremonies indoors.

NCAR Dedication Invitation

Over 300 people attended the Dedication, and speakers included Colorado Governor John A. Love, Senator Gordon L. Allot, Leland J. Haworth (Director of the National Science Foundation),Ieoh Ming Pei, and Walter Orr Roberts.


NCAR Dedication Booklet

A luncheon was hosted after the dedication ceremony at the Harvest House with Dr. Horace R. Byers of the University of Chicago serving as master of ceremonies.


Watch the Mesa Laboratory dedication ceremony (silent film). Listen to "Fanfare for NCAR."


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Information on traveling to Boulder from Stapleton International Airport and accomodations in Boulder for the May 1967 NCAR Lab dedication. Ed Wolff outlines functions and responsibilities to members of the Dedication Planning Committee for the May 1967 NCAR dedication. Catering menu and costs for May 1967 Dedication 150-person reception. Invitation from Walter Orr Roberts to staff to the NCAR Dedication Luncheon, May 10, 1967. Program for NCAR Dedication Luncheon, May 10, 1967, noting Master of Ceremonies and speakers.  Text of dedication speeches for the NCAR Lab on May 10, 1967, by Dr. Henry Houghton, Chairman of UCAR, Colorado Governor John Love, Dr. Leland Haworth, Director of the NSF, Dr. Philip Handler, Chairman of the National Science Board, Architect Ieoh Ming (I.M.) Pei, and Dr. Walter Orr Roberts, President of UCAR and Director of NCAR.  Memo to HAO staff from John Firor asking for volunteers to shuttle and escort dignitaries during the Dedication ceremonies. Memo from Walter Orr Roberts to Henry Houghton, MIT, expressing appreciation for Houghton's interest willingness to M.C. at the dedication ceremonies and asking for input on the dedication program.