Kids Delight in the 2017 Baby Animal Days, April 20-30

Kids Delight in the 2017 Baby Animal Days, April 20-30

FOR RELEASE: What better way to kick off spring than visiting with a bunch of baby animals? Baby Animal Days returns to Centennial Village, 1475 A St., from Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, April 30, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During the event, families can interact with various baby animals such as goats, lambs, ducklings and piglets. Some of the animals live in the museum’s Centennial Barn throughout the summer, and some of the animals are visiting just for this event. Small children can also enjoy pony rides on weekends, weather permitting.

Admission is $3 per person, ages three and older.

“We have a lot of families and daycares who will pack a picnic and spend quite a bit of time with the animals,” said Museum Educator Sarah Lester. “It’s a delightful experience for families to enjoy the day together.”

Agfinity, a locally owned agricultural cooperative, is Centennial Village’s season sponsor and provides feed for the animals throughout the season.

For more information about this event, call 970-350-9220 or visit


For more information, contact:
Sarah Lester, Museum Educator

Votes Needed for Local History Topic

On October 28, 1925, Katherine McHale Slaughterback was out with her 3-year old when they were surrounded by migrating rattlesnakes near her farm in Hudson, Colorado. McHale Slaughterback used all of the bullets in her rifle and then she grabbed a nearby sign and began killing the snakes, one-by-one, until all were dead.

News of the incident spread quickly and earned McHale Slaughterback the nickname “Rattlesnake Kate.” An industrious woman, she used many of the snakeskins and rattles to create an authentic, one-of-a-kind flapper-style dress with matching shoes and accessories.

The Rattlesnake Kate story is one of six stories currently being considered for the Rocky Mountain PBS series Colorado Experience.  It’s up for popular vote, or as the television station calls it, Viewer’s Choice, against five other history stories from across the state. The link to vote is at and the winning show topics will be announced Friday, April 7.

Today, Rattlesnake Kate’s original snakeskin dress is exhibited in a climate and light controlled area in the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., along with rattlesnake shoes and accessories. Her original homestead and story are part of nearby Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St., which coincidently opens April 20 for Baby Animal Days. For information about the museums, visit

The series Colorado Experience airs on Rocky Mountain PBS every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the contest and series, visit



For more information, contact:
Kim Overholt, Museum Marketing

Thirty-Seven Area Residents Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

FOR RELEASE: In 2016, the City of Greeley Museums had 136 volunteers donate over 10,000 hours of service. Thirty-seven of those volunteers will be presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for 2017.

Six of those volunteers were local teens who will be recognized at the gold level:

  • Roarinbrook Smith, 345 hours
  • Corvin Seery, 316 hours
  • Kaitlyn Jacobson, 188 hours
  • Annika Miller, 124 hours
  • Hannah Miller, 108.25 hours
  • Kylie Hinz, 104.5 hours

“It’s an incredible honor to have such dedicated volunteers. It has been my pleasure working with them,” said Volunteer Coordinator Serena Fanning.

Additionally, four volunteers were recognized at the silver level and 28 volunteers were recognized at the bronze level. Volunteers’ ages range from youth through adult. Each recipient receives a letter signed by the President of the United States, certificate of recognition, and a lapel pin in honor of their achievement.

For information about the PVSA, visit For information about volunteering at the City of Greeley Museums, visit


For more information, contact:
Serena Fanning, Volunteer Coordinator

Museum Donates Shoe Equipment for Education

FOR RELEASE: The City of Greeley Museums has a policy. If items in its collection need to be removed because they don’t meet the museum’s mission, staff must first seek another museum to accept the items. If another museum cannot be found, staff must find an organization or business with an educational mission to take them.

Because of this policy, an unforeseen friendship was born.

Mattimore’s educational classes complement the museum’s mission to preserve and share Weld County’s history.

Tom Mattimore has been making historically authentic footwear since 1988. A decade later, when he moved to Laramie in 1998, he began teaching the craft of historic shoe making. From bark tanned leather to square heel nails, his business uses original artifact shoes and boots to recreate them for use in living history museums across the nation.

This is how the friendship between the City of Greeley Museums and Mattimore began. The museum’s collections had grown beyond its capacity and outside of their core mission. This included storage of items the museum could never use, including the antique shoe-making equipment.

On Monday, March 27, the City of Greeley Museums donated shoe making items to Mattimore’s school, including an antique leather buffing machine, shoe stitching machine, antique Auto-Soler, and an antique shoe finisher machine, as well as numerous shoe stretchers, lasts, shoeshine kits, insoles, shoe welts, half soles, heels, laces, and various shoe repair magazines.

“We looked at all of the items in storage and realized we weren’t using our resources in a way that made sense,” said Curator of Collection Sarah Saxe.

This particular donation of shoe shop items was accepted in 1992 with the hope that Centennial Village, 1475 A St. in Greeley, would someday have a working shoe shop as part of its living history demonstrations. As time passed and budget priorities changed, staff realized that building a shoe shop would not be possible and the shoe equipment was left unused and in storage.

With no plans to display the items, they took up much needed artifact storage space and after an extensive search, it was decided that Mattimore’s active shoe shop would be an ideal place to donate the equipment.

“Now these items will be used, as originally intended when donated, and the fine craft of custom historic shoe making will be preserved for generations to come,” says Saxe.

“It [the craft of historic shoe making] won’t be forgotten. It won’t be thrown in the trash like so much of America’s industrial history has been. So much of our history from the late 19th and 20th century has been ignored, thrown on the ash heap of history but it was the work of thousands and thousands of Americans. The shoe industry was totally American,” said Mattimore. “With this donation, I’ll be able to pass that tradition along.”

According to Saxe, Mattimore has a personal goal to pass his craft to the next generation so that these skills don’t get lost. His educational classes complement the museum’s mission to preserve and share Weld County’s history.

The City of Greeley Museums has four facilities, Centennial Village, the Meeker Home Museum, the Greeley History Museum, and the White-Plumb Farm Learning Center with a mission to preserve and interpret the history of the Colorado high plains region with emphasis on the City of Greeley and Weld County. For more information about the City of Greeley Museums, visit


For more information, contact:
Sarah Saxe, Curator of Collections

Digging Deeper Opens Saturday at the Greeley History Museum

FOR RELEASE: A new exhibit, “Digging Deeper: An Archeological Discovery,” opens at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., this Saturday, Feb. 4. The exhibit includes information, photographs, real mammoth bones, and other artifacts recovered from the nearby Dent archaeological site in the 1930s and on loan from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

According to Exhibit Curator Nicole Famiglietti, “Although its significance was not fully recognized at the time, the excavations at the Dent site from 1932 to 1933 made this site incredibly important to the field of archaeology. This was the first known find of Columbian mammoth bones in relation to Clovis points. In fact, the points discovered at Dent may be the first discovered Clovis points, pre-dating the Clovis, New Mexico excavation site that the culture and points were named for. The Dent site showed that humans did hunt mammoths in North America.”

Admission to the exhibit comes with a field notes booklet that tracks activities throughout the gallery. As visitors go through the exhibit and booklet, they learn about archaeology and excavation, the history of the Dent site, and information about other important archaeological sites in Weld County.

A giant wall mural, painted by Greeley resident Adriana Trujillo with the help of museum staff members, depicts Northeastern Colorado during the Pleistocene epoch and the now extinct animals that lived during that time. The Pleistocene was the most recent series of ice ages, which began about 1.6 million years ago.

Located in the Greeley History Museum’s East Gallery, the exhibit runs until August 13, 2017.

The museum’s February hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 4:30 p.m. The museum begins new visitor hours in March.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages three to 17, and $15 for a group of five. For more information about exhibits and programs, visit


For more information, contact:
Nicole Famiglietti, Exhibits Curator

Made for the Tourist Trade exhibition opens at the Greeley History Museum

FOR RELEASE:  On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., opens its newest exhibit, Made for the Tourist Trade.

Made for the Tourist Trade is a joint-effort exhibition between the City of Greeley Museums and the University of Northern Colorado Anthropology Department, featuring pottery originally donated to the university museum. The university museum closed in 1983 with much of its collection sent to other institutions.

In 2015, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center returned a collection of Southwest Native American pottery, much of which will be on display for this exhibit.

According to Nicole Famiglietti, Greeley History Museum exhibits curator, the pieces on display represent multiple Native American potters earning new incomes by selling “westernized” pieces to new tourists traveling to the Southwest after the expansion of the railroad lines. The exhibition also tells the story of the founding of the UNC Anthropology Museum, its sudden closure in the 1980s, the dispersal of the collection, and the return of some of its artifacts.

Almost all of the pieces originate from 1896 to 1906.

The museum’s west gallery will hold this exhibition until December 18, 2017. Next month, the museum opens another new exhibit, Digging Deeper: An Archeological Discovery, in the museum’s east gallery.

The Greeley History Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission for a family of five is $15.

For more information, visit or call 970-350-9220.


For more information, contact:
Nicole Famiglietti, Exhibits Curator