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

2017 Potato Day Festival Scheduled for Saturday, September 9

2017 Potato Day Festival Scheduled for Saturday, September 9

FOR RELEASE — Have a “spud-tacular” good time at the Friends of the Greeley Museums’ annual 2017 Potato Day celebration, held Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Centennial Village Museum. The museum, located just south of Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, is known for its historical buildings, demonstrations and tours.

“If you go to one event at Centennial Village this year, make it Potato Day,” says Potato Day Chairman Nathaniel Johnson. “Museum staff and volunteers bring out as many activities as possible to entertain crowds during this event.”

The event touts musical entertainment, old-fashioned children’s games, historical demonstrations and tours, and more—all located throughout the eight-acre open-air museum. A baked potato is included in every paid admission.

A beer garden will feature a variety of brews served from tap by Crabtree Brewing, some of which include ingredients grown at the City of Greeley Museums’ White-Plumb Farm Learning Center. Proceeds from the beer garden will also benefit the Friends group.

According to the museum’s Development Coordinator Peggy Ford-Waldo, Potato Day is an event steeped in tradition. In fact, Greeley’s economy in the 19th century was largely dependent upon potatoes that reached national markets by rail. In 1894, Greeley citizens paid homage to potatoes and other crops by transforming its downtown Lincoln Park into an agricultural pavilion and hosting a feast to celebrate the harvest. Over 6,000 people attended the event, many coming from Denver on excursion trains. Guests feasted on baked potatoes, coffee, and lamb and beef roasted in barbeque pits dug in the park.

Fast forward to 2017 and Potato Day has become the largest annual fundraiser for 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. Last year the group’s largest contribution was a $40,000 on-site pavilion used for outdoor events.

Potato Day admission is $7.

For more information about Potato Day or the Friends of the Greeley Museums, call 970-350-9220 or visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

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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