Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker!

July 13, 2019

Meeker Home Museum
1324 9th Ave., Greeley, CO

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits

Exhibit Open February 2 – July 20, 2019 

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

Volunteers Needed for Oral History Transcription

Call the museum today at 970-350-9219 and learn how you can help! 

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

The Dakan Perspective: Over a Century of Father & Son Photography

Exhibit Open March 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020

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

Reclaiming Our Heritage

Exhibit Open July 19, 2019 – September 22, 2019

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

Weld on the Web

Access an online historical image database, presented by the City of Greeley Museums and the High Plains Library District.

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

Grow a Row

Consider volunteering or donating to the “Grow-a-Row” project, benefiting the Weld Food Bank.

White-Plumb Farm Learning Center
955 39th Ave., Greeley, CO

2019 Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker Free Celebration

For Release: GREELEY, CO -- Nathan C. Meeker, Greeley’s founder, was born on July 12, 1817 in Euclid, Ohio. If he were alive today, this year would have marked his 202nd birthday. He made simple statement to the townspeople of Greeley on December 7, 1870: “Now, while...

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Skål! A Guided Talk and Taste

For Release: GREELEY, CO – The Greeley History Museum, 714, 8th St., and Tower 56 Distilling, 825 9th St. Unit B, present a night of aquavit tasting and food pairings, “Skål! A Guided Talk and Taste.” This guided evening begins at 6 p.m. on June 12, at the Greeley...

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2019 Centennial Celebration Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

For Release: GREELEY, CO – The City of Greeley is proud to begin Centennial Village Museum’s 2019 season with Centennial Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 26, from noon to 4 p.m. During the two-day celebration...

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Do you remember anything about July 6 in the year you were 13 years old?
In her oral history, part of the Greeley History Museum’s collection, Charlotte Beeten recalls what she saw near her home in Johnstown on that day in 1924, when she was 13 years old :

“The meteorite fell on July 6, 1924, and I shall never forget that day. My sister had been visiting us from California and she was leaving for home that day. My father and I were putting her suitcases in the back of the car. We were out in the yard doing that. All of a sudden we heard this horrible, horrible roar and we looked up and saw this big ball of fire coming from the southwest. It looked as if it was going to land right in our front yard. My father said, “Run into the house!” By that time my mother and sister were running out of the house to see what was happening. So I never did get into the house. It finally landed right across the road from Village [?] Chapel and, of course, we saw the landing and we saw the smoke still coming from it. My father was the first one on the scene. When it was cooled and the smoke had subsided, he held the meteorite out of its resting place. […] It embedded itself about two feet into the ground.”

The 20-pound meteorite was given to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and its story has lived on in newspapers as recently as 2000. On July 6, whatever you’re doing, watch the sky - you never know what a day will bring!

Please note : Personal stories are a really important way of saving history. If you’re interested in helping us transcribe oral histories like this one, please call 970-350-9220.
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