Digging Deeper Opens Saturday at the Greeley History Museum

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 GreeleyMuseums.com.


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 GreeleyMuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.


For more information, contact:
Nicole Famiglietti, Exhibits Curator

City of Greeley Museums to Release New Book about Greeley

FOR RELEASE:  Local history expert and City of Greeley museums staff member Peggy Ford Waldo has recently added a newly published book to her list of career accomplishments. She’s written a Greeley history book for the “Images of America” series appropriately titled Greeley.

Greeley, with a release date of Saturday, Dec. 17, is available for purchase through the Greeley History Museum’s gift shop, located at 714 8th St., or by calling the museum at 970-350-9220. The museum is coordinating a special presentation and book signing event that Saturday for the publication’s release. Ford Waldo will conduct presentations about Greeley’s history and her book project at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with book signings to follow each presentation. The cost of the book is $23.50 and each copy pre-purchased through the museum gift shop will include a free admission pass.

The “Images of America” series, printed by Arcadia Publishing, documents the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities. This particular book tracks Greeley’s history beginning with its establishment in 1870 as a utopic agricultural and temperance community and contains information about notable individuals, businesses, schools, churches and more.

Ford Waldo worked tirelessly for the last couple of years to sift through, organize and collect photos and captions for the 128 page book using the museum’s Hazel E. Johnson Research Center.

The museum currently has about 20,000 photos in its database and about 80,000 images in its total collection, so not everything could be included in the book, said Museum Assistant Curator of Collections Katie Ross, who is among the research center colleagues who helped Ford Waldo gather images.

According to Dan Perry, manager for the City of Greeley Museums, “The Greeley History Museum’s Curator of Development Peggy Ford Waldo is a treasure. Her knowledge of regional history is truly encyclopedic and she shares some of it in her new book by Arcadia Press titled Greeley. We are very fortunate to have her on staff. She has worked very hard on this book that includes many historic photographs of Greeley and that come from our Hazel E. Johnson Research Center.”

Ford Waldo has worked for the City of Greeley Museums since 1979 and has served as the development curator since 2010.

For more details about the book or to purchase a copy, call 970-350-9220 or visit GreeleyMuseums.com.


For more information, contact:
Dan Perry, Museum Manager

Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator

Holiday Event Scheduled for Centennial Village

FOR RELEASE: The City of Greeley Museums will host Homesteader’s Holiday on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St.  This event includes candle-dipping, craft-making, holiday music and several of the museum’s homes will be open and decorated for the holiday season.

This year, six additional decorated homes have been added to the museum’s holiday tour. Santa will be on-site for photo opportunities and visitors can check out a model train layout provided by the Colorado Model Railroad Museum.

Food and beverages will be available for additional purchase with proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Greeley Museums, an organization that provides support to the City of Greeley Museums. There will also be a special holiday sale happening in Selma’s Store.

The event entertainment schedule includes live performances in the museum’s Old Centennial Church. Enjoy piano music from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., several local Young Chautauqua members portraying important historical figures from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., church organ music from 1 to 1:45 p.m., and a performance by Leo Everett at 2 p.m.

Young Chautauquan performances include Vince Wojurfin as Audie Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier from World War II, Cole Herrick portraying Alexander Hamilton, and Margaret Herrick presenting as Agatha Christie.

Admission for Homesteader’s Holiday is $4 per adult, $2 for children and seniors. Children ages 12 and under get in free with each canned food donation for the Weld Food Bank.

For more information about Homesteader’s Holiday, call 970-350-9220 or visit greeleymuseums.com.


For more information, contact:
Scott Chartier, Historic Sites Curator

Greeley History Museum Hosts Free Admission Day

FOR RELEASE: On Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., will host a free admission day sponsored by Guaranty Bank. The free admission day will feature access to all of the museum’s exhibits, which includes its “Peanuts…Naturally” exhibit, as well as holiday crafts and photos with Cowboy Santa.

In addition, the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center, located in the lower level of the museum, will have traditional holiday postcards on display.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority’s Holiday Open House.

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


For more information, contact:
Dan Perry, City of Greeley Museums Manager

2016 Thanksgiving Holiday: City of Greeley Building Closures

FOR RELEASE: The following City of Greeley facilities will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday:
>> Greeley City Hall, 1000 10th Str. (including Municipal Court
>> City Hall Annex, 1100 10th St.
>> Public Works Administration Building, 1001 9th Ave.
The offices will reopen Monday, November 28.

The Greeley History Museum at 714 8th Street, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will reopen on Friday, November 25.


For more information, contact:
John Pantaleo, Communications & Engagement Manager