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City of Greeley Museums:  970-350-9220
Centennial Village Museum Store: 970-350-9224
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Our Staff

Museums Manager
Dan Perry
970-350-9218
Curator of Historic Sites
Scott Chartier
970-350-9592
Development Curator
Peggy Ford Waldo
970-350-9217
Curator of Exhibits
Holly Berg
970-336-4184
Curator of Collections
Sarah Saxe
970-350-9219
Volunteer Coordinator
Email
970-350-9223
Registrar/Donations
JoAnna Stull
970-350-9250
Public Relations/Media Contact
Christina Wiles
970-350-9455
Museum Educator
Sarah Lester
970-350-9275
Administrative Specialist II
Lynnette Jacobson
970-350-9215

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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