Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts

Exhibit Open August 24, 2019 – June 14, 2020

Greeley History Museum
714 8th St., Greeley, CO

Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress

Exhibit Open January 17, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Greeley History Museum
714 8th St., Greeley, CO

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Greeley History Museum
714 8th St., Greeley, CO

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Greeley History Museum
714 8th St., Greeley, CO

Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment going into effect, giving women the right to vote across the nation. The City of Greeley Museums will celebrate with Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress, which opens Jan. 17,...

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2019 Homesteader’s Holiday at Centennial Village Museum

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO – Homesteader’s Holiday at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St., has become a tradition in Northern Colorado. Families come to tour festively decorated historical homes and enjoy activities for the entire family. This year, Homesteader’s...

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2019 Holiday Open House at the Greeley History Museum

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO -- The Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., hosts a free admission day, Saturday, Nov. 30, 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 Holiday Open House...

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Not everyone in Weld County is directly involved with cattle, but everyone ought to know that the cattle industry has been BIG here since the earliest years of our history and has touched every aspect of life in our communities. Cattle ranching, breeding, feeding, buying and selling, shipping – could probably be called our “origin story”, the story of men who shaped our economy and way of life. What about the women, you ask? They have worked alongside the men every step of the way!

On February 17, 1955, women joined forces to form the Weld County Cow Belles. Their original bylaws called for them merely to “help the men’s organization” – the Weld County Livestock Association. By 1984, there were 80+ members independently engaged in educational and promotional activities for the beef industry. The Cow Belles also provided college scholarships, ran informational booths at the National Western Stock Show and the Weld County Farm Show, and through monthly meetings provided social support and education for its members.

In 1988, after 40 years of being known as the Colorado Cow Belles, the State chapter voted to change its name to Colorado Cattle Women, Inc. It was left to local chapters to follow suit or not. Can you imagine the discussion and debate? Some preferred the old name, some were tired of “cow belly” and “ding dong” jokes, some appreciated the more professional image of Cattle Women over Cow Belles. We don’t have a written record of the decision, but since the late 80s, the Cow Belles have been named the Weld County Cattle Women, working together to educate, promote, and protect the cattle industry.
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