Loans & Donations
Interested in donating or loaning an item to the City of Greeley Museums? If you have an item that relates to Greeley, Weld County and/or Northeastern Colorado and potentially has historic relevance, please contact the Museum’s Registrar JoAnna Luth Stull at 970-350-9250. Appointments with the registrar must be made in advance for items to be considered.
We accept artifacts that help tell a compelling story not covered by other artifacts in our collection. Artifacts must be in good condition. Books may be considered if they meet our mission and enhance our ability to research existing collections. Potential donations are assessed by the Greeley Museums’ Acquisitions Committee, comprised of museum staff and citizen board members.
To help expedite the donation process, please have the following ready: information about the original owner, names of people who used the item and when (circa dates), the artifact’s size and condition, and a current photograph of the item. Early photos of the item are helpful, but not required.
Items dropped off at any Greeley Museum site without being pre-arranged with the Registrar are considered abandoned property, subject to Colorado Statute (CRS 38-14). These items will likely have to be destroyed.
Moratorium on Acquisitions
The City of Greeley Museums has enacted a temporary moratorium for collections acquisitions. This is a large endeavor and necessary to provide proper care for items in our collection. The purpose of the City of Greeley Museums is to preserve and interpret the history of the Colorado high plains region with emphasis on the City of Greeley and Weld County. Over the years, the collections have grown to include items that fall outside of the City of Greeley Museums’ mission.
The purpose of the moratorium is to cull collections and refocus resources on items that meet the museum’s mission. Once complete, staff for the City of Greeley Museums will be able to better allocate facilities and resources for the security and preservation of all collection items falling within the museum’s mission.
Bequests and Legacy Gifts
You have the power to make a lasting impact on the City of Greeley Museums through a bequest or through other planned giving. Our hope is that you will let us know about your planned gift so we can recognize you accordingly. Please consider the City of Greeley Museums in your estate planning today.
A bequest is the most common type of planned gift, but it requires special language that must be included in a properly executed will or trust devised by your attorney. Our suggested language for an unrestricted bequest to the Greeley Museums is provided below. If you wish to restrict how the Greeley Museums uses your gift, that language may also be included; please contact us for an amendable gift agreement that documents your intent. Below is language that we suggest using in your estate planning document(s).
Suggested Bequest Language*
Bequest of Specific Sum
Bequest of Specific Asset(s)
*This information provided by the City of Greeley Museums is not financial, tax or legal advice. You should consult your financial advisors before making your charitable giving decisions.
Contact us about restricting your bequest to the specific City of Greeley Museums program of your choice. We have many projects, both short-term and ongoing, at the Greeley Museums for which we seek support. We can tell you about all the available options today.
Other Planned Giving
If you are considering a bequest, be aware that other gift types – such as an outright donation of real estate, a charitable remainder trust, or a retained life estate arrangement involving a personal residence – may be suitable or preferable, taking into account your goals and needs.
Of course, arranging a gift for the City of Greeley Museums through some other element of an estate plan – e.g., including our organization as a beneficiary of a financial, retirement, or life insurance asset – is also an act of considerable generosity that many people can afford even if a large lifetime gift is not realistic.
Direct your confidential inquiries and notifications about legacy gifts to:
Dan Perry, Museums Manager
Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator