2017 Homesteader’s Holiday Scheduled at Centennial Village

2017 Homesteader’s Holiday Scheduled at Centennial Village

FOR RELEASE: ‘Tis the season to tour festively decorated historical homes and enjoy various activities during Homesteader’s Holiday at Centennial Village Museum, Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit with Santa, dip an old-fashioned candle, make holiday crafts, and see historical spinning and weaving demonstrations during the event. There will be food concessions available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Greeley Museums and Selma’s Store will be open. The store features unique gifts, including holiday items, and local and regional history books.

There will also be musical entertainment inside the Weld Centennial Church that includes country guitar and vocals by Ray Delgado from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., pump organ music and carol singing with Dorothy Elder from 1 to 1:45 p.m., and the Rusty 44 bluegrass band from 2 to 4 p.m.

Admission to the event is free with each canned food item donated, made possible in part through the Community Foundation serving Greeley and Weld County’s Making Your Wish 20th Anniversary Community Grant Program. Without a canned food item, admission is $4 per adult, $2 per child or senior. Canned food donations will benefit the Weld Food Bank.

For more information about Homesteader’s Holiday, visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

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

 

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

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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