Holiday Open House Planned for Nov. 25

Holiday Open House Planned for Nov. 25

FOR RELEASE: The Greeley History Museum hosts a free admission day, Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during its annual holiday open house. The event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority’s open house.

During the free day, visitors can check out current exhibits, take photos with Cowboy Santa and work on snowflake and poinsettia crafts.

Located at 714 8th St., the museum is closed Thursday, Nov. 23.

For details about the museum free day, call 970-350-9220 or visit greeleymuseums.com.

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For more information, contact:
Dan Perry, City of Greeley Museums Manager
970-350-9218
dan.perry@greeleygov.com

2017 Veteran’s Day Freebies Offered

2017 Veteran’s Day Freebies Offered

FOR RELEASE: Veterans and active service members can enjoy free admission to the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., on Friday, Nov. 10, in honor of Veteran’s Day. While most city facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, the museum will remain open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and close on Saturday. There is no coupon needed, but proof of service must be provided.

There’s another patriotic event happening in Greeley that weekend and you don’t need to be a veteran to appreciate it. The 101st Army Concert Band performs a free public concert at the Union Colony Civic Center, 710 10th Ave., at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11.

Tickets for this free patriotic-themed concert are restricted to 4 per person while supplies last, and are only available by visiting the UCCC ticket office in person. This show is expected to fill quickly.

For more information about the exhibits currently on display at the Greeley History Museum, visit GreeleyMuseums.com. For details about the UCCC and its concert line-up, visit UCStars.com.

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For more information about the museum, contact:
Dan Perry, City of Greeley Museums Manager
970-350-9218
Dan.Perry@GreeleyGov.com

For more information about the UCCC, contact:
Jason Evenson, Cultural Services Manager
970-350-9482
Jason.Evenson@GreeleyGov.com

Local Students Prep Centennial Village’s Haunted Hall House

Local Students Prep Centennial Village’s Haunted Hall House

Preparations are underway for Centennial Village Museum’s annual not-so-haunted Hall House, a popular attraction hosted during the museum’s annual Howl-O-Ween trick or treat event. Museum staff are thankful that it’s even happening.

This year, the team in charge of the Howl-O-Ween event almost had to remove the haunted house from its event list. There weren’t any volunteers interested in putting in the long hours needed to both decorate and run the attraction.

That’s when three super great sophomores from Greeley’s University High School volunteered to make Centennial Village’s Hall House a frighteningly good time for guests.

School was out for a few extra days this week, so three friends–Morgan Kirtley, Roaringbrook Smith, and Tyler Whitmoyer–chose to spend their long weekend decorating the inside of the museum’s Hall House in preparation of this weekend’s Howl-O-Ween event.

Their school has a policy that requires its students to complete at least 50 hours of volunteer work in the community. The group hopes their work at the museum will count toward those hours.

Smith is no stranger to racking up volunteer hours. Last year she was honored with the Presidential Service Award for volunteering.

According to Kirtley, when the trio learned about the opportunity to volunteer, organize, and run the haunted house, it seemed like fun. Kirtley hopes to study engineering in college, so he’s putting his skills to good use. The trio fashioned a mock electric chair as one of its props. They’ve also had to figure out how to hang decorations using unconventional methods. Since it’s the historic Hall House, the kids can’t just put nails in walls, they have to get creative about where and how they can hang decorations.

Whitmore has volunteered for the museum several times in the last year but says, “Halloween is definitely my favorite event.”

In all, the group has used several boxes of webbing, rolls of caution tape, and a dozen or so black sheets to decorate the home. There are skeletons,

spiders, pictures, black lights, a fog machine and more—all of which have created the perfectly spooky, historic house tour.

Smith adds that they want this to be a good haunted house experience, for folks of all ages. “We can always make it less frightening if parents ask us to make it less scary,” she says.

Children must be accompanied by adults and for good reason. According to museum curator Scott Chartier, “We want to keep this a family-friendly, safe evening event.” And knowing that for many local children, the haunted house at Centennial Village is their first haunted house experience, makes it even more important for parents to be present.

Howl-O-Ween happens Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. both days. Admission is just $2 per child, $3 per adult and includes trick or treating, music provided by Aims Student Radio in Hanna’s Square, wagon rides, and the haunted house. For specific details about the event, visit its webpage.

 

Centennial Village Hosts 2017 Trick-or-Treat Event

Centennial Village Hosts 2017 Trick-or-Treat Event

FOR RELEASE: Trick-or-treating returns to Centennial Village, 1475 A St., on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m., during the museum’s annual Howl-O-Ween event.

This non-spooky, family-friendly event is an opportunity for families to wear their spookiest or silliest costumes and trick or treat at various structures on the 8 acre facility. In addition to trick-or-treating, there will be games, a costume contest and a not-so-haunted house. The event happens, rain or shine.

Admission is $2/child and $3/adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s major event sponsor is the Friends of the Greeley Museums. Since 1987, the group has raised and donated over $400,000 to the City of Greeley Museums for educational programs and preservation projects.

Additional sponsors include Ameritech Construction, Braces U – Greeley, Chick-fil-A Greeley, AIMS Community College – Student Radio, the City of Greeley, Integrated Dental, Smile Academy, Wild for a Smile, International Black Belt Academy, and the United Way of Weld County.

For more information, contact 970-350-9220 or visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

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

Centennial Village Hosts 2017 Civil War Weekend

Centennial Village Hosts 2017 Civil War Weekend

FOR RELEASE: Here comes the cavalry! Centennial Village Museum’s Civil War Weekend takes place Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, October 1, noon to 4 p.m.  During the event, Costumed reenactors set their tents up on the southeastern corner of the 8-acre outdoor living history museum and live as they would have during the Civil War—many using historic wares true to the time period.

Both days of the event will include a battle reenactment at noon, complete with guns and cannon. Visitors can also watch marching drills and check out the tent area and cooking station during the museum’s public hours.  The event also features home tours, blacksmithing and print shop demonstrations.

“This event lets the public see what an 1863 military encampment would have looked like,” says Curator of Historic Sites Scott Chartier. “The folks who do this type of thing live for it and they camp out entirely in character, their clothing and everything. Even when the museum is closed to the public, they will, for the most part, continue to camp just like they would have in 1863.”

Chartier actively participates in re-enactments throughout the region and says that any drill or gun and cannon shot happens just as it would have during the war with one small exception. “These guys use blanks.”

The museum is only open to the public for two other events later this year—the annual Howl-O-Ween trick-or-treat on October 21 and 22 and Homesteader’s Holiday on December 2.

Admission to the museum is $18 for a family of five or $8 per adult, $6 per senior, and $5 per child. For more information about this and other City of Greeley Museums events, visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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For more information, contact:
Scott Chartier, Curator of Historic Sites
970-350-9223
Scott.Chartier@greeleygov.com