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

Free Community Celebration Planned at the Meeker Home Museum

Free Community Celebration Planned at the Meeker Home Museum

FOR RELEASE: Nathan Cook Meeker—the man credited with Greeley’s founding—was born on July 12, 1817 in Euclid, Ohio. If he were alive today, this year would have marked his 200th birthday.

To celebrate, the City of Greeley Museums, with a little help from the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Summer Food Service Program, are putting together a free community celebration of historic note.

“Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker” is scheduled for Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Meeker Home Museum. Activities at museum, located at 1324 9th Ave., include brief tours through the museum, old fashioned lawn games, refreshments and cake.

The school district’s Kids Eat Free Summer Food Service Program will serve free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 1 to 18 years of age, with adult lunches available for just $3.25. Lunches include a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and chocolate milk.

Meeker’s home was built in 1870 and is a unique adobe two-story home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1929, Greeley residents organized and purchased the home to be Greeley’s first official museum and today it’s one of three city museums open to the public.

Furnishings original Meeker family and other items from late 19th Century Weld County homes can be viewed inside the museum. The museum’s lawn is part of the city’s public park system and includes interpretive panels that show some of Greeley’s history.

To learn more about the summer food service program, visit GreeleySchools.org/KidsEatFree.

For more information about the Meeker Home Museum event and other City of Greeley Museums events, visit GreeleyMuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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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

Centennial Celebration Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

Centennial Celebration Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

FOR RELEASE: Centennial Village Museum officially opens to the public this weekend. Step back in time to the late 1800’s with a visit during the museum’s Centennial Celebration event, scheduled for Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 28, from noon until 4 p.m.

Located just south of Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Centennial Village is northern Colorado’s 8-acre outdoor living history experience.

The event includes buffalo soldier demonstrations on Saturday, as well as blacksmithing, quilt making, and chuckwagon cooking both days. Visitors can tour the newly renovated Farr Garage and the Fur Trapper’s Trading Post, in addition to touring the museum’s other historical homes and buildings.

Centennial Village preserves life in the Colorado high plains region from the last 150 years. The museum is open seasonally, from May until September, with several special events planned throughout the year.

Admission to the Centennial Celebration event is $8 per adult, $6 per senior, and $5 per child ages 3 and up. The museum has a special family rate of $18 for a group of five.

For more information about Centennial Village and the City of Greeley Museums, visit GreeleyMuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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