FOR RELEASE:  Local history expert and City of Greeley museums staff member Peggy Ford Waldo has recently added a newly published book to her list of career accomplishments. She’s written a Greeley history book for the “Images of America” series appropriately titled Greeley.

Greeley, with a release date of Saturday, Dec. 17, is available for purchase through the Greeley History Museum’s gift shop, located at 714 8th St., or by calling the museum at 970-350-9220. The museum is coordinating a special presentation and book signing event that Saturday for the publication’s release. Ford Waldo will conduct presentations about Greeley’s history and her book project at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with book signings to follow each presentation. The cost of the book is $23.50 and each copy pre-purchased through the museum gift shop will include a free admission pass.

The “Images of America” series, printed by Arcadia Publishing, documents the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities. This particular book tracks Greeley’s history beginning with its establishment in 1870 as a utopic agricultural and temperance community and contains information about notable individuals, businesses, schools, churches and more.

Ford Waldo worked tirelessly for the last couple of years to sift through, organize and collect photos and captions for the 128 page book using the museum’s Hazel E. Johnson Research Center.

The museum currently has about 20,000 photos in its database and about 80,000 images in its total collection, so not everything could be included in the book, said Museum Assistant Curator of Collections Katie Ross, who is among the research center colleagues who helped Ford Waldo gather images.

According to Dan Perry, manager for the City of Greeley Museums, “The Greeley History Museum’s Curator of Development Peggy Ford Waldo is a treasure. Her knowledge of regional history is truly encyclopedic and she shares some of it in her new book by Arcadia Press titled Greeley. We are very fortunate to have her on staff. She has worked very hard on this book that includes many historic photographs of Greeley and that come from our Hazel E. Johnson Research Center.”

Ford Waldo has worked for the City of Greeley Museums since 1979 and has served as the development curator since 2010.

For more details about the book or to purchase a copy, call 970-350-9220 or visit


For more information, contact:
Dan Perry, Museum Manager

Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator

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