Smithsonian Exhibit Exploring H2O Scheduled in Greeley

Smithsonian Exhibit Exploring H2O Scheduled in Greeley

FOR RELEASE — Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it. “H2O Today”—a new exhibition at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St.—examines the diversity and challenges of global water sources and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibition will be available locally from Saturday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, May 20, 2018.

“H2O Today” dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, yet less than 3 percent is drinkable. The exhibition highlights the crucial role it plays in daily life through water power, industry, agriculture and home use. Visitors will learn the affects climate change, population growth and pollution have on the water cycle and weather patterns as well as the creative ways people around the world are tackling the challenges of water shortages and pollution.

Local artifacts on display include items related to the Greeley Ice and Storage Company, and a water clock used to measure water levels at the head gate for Union Colony Ditch No.3. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn about irrigation and use an example treadle pump to see how the pump moves water.

The “H2O Today” exhibition is part of the Smithsonian’s Think Water Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life through exhibitions, educational resources and public programs. The public can participate in the conversation on social media at #thinkWater.

“H20 Today” was adapted by SITES from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (Amnh.org) and the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul (Smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland; The Field Museum in Chicago; Instituto Sangari in Sao Paulo; National Museum of Australia in Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibit is sponsored locally by the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area and the 501(c)3 non-profit management entity of the heritage area, the Poudre Heritage Alliance.

For hours of operation and information about this and other exhibits on display at the Greeley History Museum, visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

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SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition descriptions and tour schedules, visit Sites.si.edu.

For more information, contact:
Nicole Famiglietti, Exhibits Curator
970-336-4184
Nicole.Famiglietti@greeleygov.com

2017 Pets ‘N’ Popsicles Event Returns to Centennial Village

2017 Pets ‘N’ Popsicles Event Returns to Centennial Village

FOR RELEASE — Centennial Village Museum’s baby animals have grown up! The Cochin chickens are wearing their boots and the crested Polish chickens have grown a wildly full head of feathers. The baby goats have become fun-loving and boisterous and they’ve proven their love of visitors and chewing clothing.

It must be time for Centennial Village’s annual Pets ‘N’ Popsicles event, August 4 through 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Sponsored by Agfinity, the event celebrates farm animals and pets. Staff and volunteers are on hand during the event to let kids experience the animals up close and personal and to answer visitors’ questions.

Located just south of Island Grove Regional Park at 1475 A St., Centennial Village is an 8-acre outdoor museum featuring historical buildings, beautiful gardens and heritage farm animals.

This year’s Pet ‘N’ Popsicles event features a new partnership between School District 6’s Kids Eat Free Summer Food Program and the museum. The El Fuego food truck will be on site August 4 through 6 and August 11 through 13, serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and snacks from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Youth ages 1 to 18 years of age can enjoy this free service with adult lunches available for just $3.25, while supplies last.

Lunch provided by the food truck includes a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and chocolate milk, which makes picnicking in the shade a super easy and fun time.

Admission to the Pets ‘N’ Popsicles event is just $3 per person ages 3+ and a Popsicle is included with every paid admission.

To learn more about the summer food service program, visit GreeleySchools.org/KidsEatFree or follow them at facebook.com/d6elfuego.

For more information about Pets ‘N’ Popsicles and other City of Greeley Museums events, visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For museum information, contact:
Sarah Lester, Museum Educator
970-350-9275
Sarah.lester@greeleygov.com

For summer food program information, contact:
Kara Sample, RDN, SNS, Nutrition Services Assistant Director
970-348-6607
Ksample@greeleyschools.org

 

New Exhibit Opens Wednesday at the Greeley History Museum

New Exhibit Opens Wednesday at the Greeley History Museum

FOR RELEASE: Call it vintage, call it antique, call it historic… whatever you call it, there’s no denying that medical tools used in the late 1800s to early 1900s could sometimes be considered creepy. On Wednesday, July 26, the Greeley History Museum, located at 714 8th St., opens a new exhibit in its lower level called “Creepy Medicine in Early Weld.”

Organized by Curator of Collections Sarah Saxe, the exhibit offers a fascinating glimpse into early medical, dental and vision doctors who practiced locally. The exhibit also includes enlarged photographs and various medical tools stored by the museum.

“I’m hoping visitors will learn about the transitional period of medicine in the early 20th Century,” says Saxe. “Hopefully visitors will get a sense of the dangers and uncertainty of pre-modern medicine and learn about the new ideas and new inventions that paved the way for vastly improved healthcare in the 20th Century.”

Saxe’s primary responsibility is supervising the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center and storage of the museum’s vast collections, so she has the opportunity to view and research objects on a regular basis. According to Saxe, the most striking object in this particular collection is a medical vibrator from 1901.

“The application of this device was thought to cure aliments like pain, venereal diseases, alcoholism, drug addiction and female hysteria,” said Saxe. “In addition to providing insight on Victorians’ understanding of medicine and the human body, it also reflects the social climate and gender biases at the time.”

“Creepy Medicine in Early Weld” runs through October 29 and is one of many exhibits on display. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. For a description of current exhibits, visit GreeleyMuseums.com/locations/Greeley-History-Museum.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Nicole Famiglietti, Exhibits Curator
970-336-4184
Nicole.Famiglietti@greeleygov.com

 

City of Greeley Museums Staff Seek Survey Responses

City of Greeley Museums Staff Seek Survey Responses

FOR RELEASE: Staff for the City of Greeley Museums are looking for input on its museums that will help shape their future and improve visitor services. The catch? Participants who have never visited a city-owned and operated museum are needed. City-owned museums include the Meeker Home Museum, Greeley History Museum and Centennial Village Museum.

Residents who have never visited one or more of these museums are invited to complete an eight question confidential online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQG8TDM. By doing so, they are entered into a pool of candidates who may receive an invitation to visit the museum free-of-charge. In return, participants are asked to provide feedback on their visit and expectations for future visits.

Participants will be chosen at random from surveys received.

For more information about this effort, visit GreeleyMuseums.com/survey.

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For more information, contact:
Nicole Famiglietti, Exhibits Curator
970-336-4184
Nicole.Famiglietti@greeleygov.com

We Need Your Help! Take Our Community Survey

We Need Your Help! Take Our Community Survey

By Nicole Famiglietti, Curator of Exhibits

The City of Greeley Museums collect, preserve, interpret and share the history of northeastern Colorado with an emphasis on Weld County through three public museums and a learning center. As a local system of regional history museums, we hope to create spaces that are meaningful to the community.

In order to better understand our community and what they want from their public museums, we are starting a community panel series.

What is a community panel?

A community panel is an opportunity to gather insights in a group setting. We want to hear about our participants and what they think about their museum experience. After a complimentary visit to one of our museums, participants will gather into a group with a museum staff-led moderator. The moderator will facilitate a discussion to help museum staff learn from your experiences.

There are a few questions we might pose. For example, what kinds of exhibitions should we bring to Greeley? What might you look for in a museum visit? These are just a couple of things we want to hear from you. More importantly, our focus is to collect feedback from a variety of community members including those who have never visited one of our museums. All information submitted in the survey is confidential and we will only contact those that have been selected to participate in one of our panels.

These types of panels allow us to gather different groups of people and spend time learning about what they value, how they like to spend their free time and what we can do as a community organization to assist.

To be chosen for one of our panels, you first have to be entered into our pool of candidates.

Please complete our brief online survey. Once received, we will review and select participants who will be invited to visit one of our museum sites free-of-charge. Panel participants will spend some time with us after their visit to discuss their experience… and we may also have some goodies for you to take away after the experience.

In the end, your feedback will be used to create a more meaningful museum experience for everyone.

 

Take the Survey