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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 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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2019 Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treat

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO -- Trick-or-treating returns to Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St., on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, from 3 to 7 p.m., during the museum’s annual Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treat event. Centennial Village Museum’s family-friendly...

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2019 Potato Day at Centennial Village Museum

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO -- Since 1894 Greeley has been celebrating one of the most delicious root vegetables, the potato. The Friends of the Greeley Museums will pay their annual homage to the potato with Potato Day September 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial...

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Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO -- The Greeley History Museum is proud to present “Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts” from August 24, 2019 to July 14, 2020. The exhibition explores some of the unusual, icky, disturbing, awful, uncomfortable and surprising...

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Reclaiming Our Heritage

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO -- What does it mean to hold on to your own cultural heritage? If you lose your heritage, how do you find it again? The Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., presents “Reclaiming Our Heritage” a look into ways cultural groups lose their...

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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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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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