Friends of the Greeley Museums present a John Fielder multi-media show with photographs, beautiful music, and history in Monfort Concert Hall at UCCC November 3

FOR RELEASE: John Fielder, Colorado’s premiere photographer, will project on a 30-foot screen photographs from his latest book project “Weld County: 4,000 Square Miles of Grandeur, Greatness & Yesterdays” at 7 p.m. Nov. 3.

An Evening with John Fielder, held at the Union Colony Civic Center (UCCC) will include a book sale and signing of the Weld County book, and all of John’s popular Colorado books and calendars.

This event is a major fundraiser for Greeley Museums, with ticket sales proceeds and 25% of book sales going towards the foundation of the Friends of the Greeley Museums, in support of their outreach efforts. The Friends of the Greeley Museums provide volunteer support and funding for the Greeley Museums through family oriented historical events, projects, and exhibits throughout the year.

The local charitable organization Weld Community Foundation commissioned Fielder to produce a coffee table photography book “Weld County: 4,000 Square Miles of Grandeur, Greatness & Yesterdays,” in 2016.

About the Author

Four years in the making, Fielder covered all 4,000 square miles of Weld County with his camera, photographing areas from the Pawnee Buttes to the Poudre and Platte, and everything in between. Fielder captured the essence of the people, the history, and the majestic views of Weld County.

John Fielder has dedicated his 40-year career to protecting Colorado’s open spaces, ranches, and wildlands. He received the distinguished Sierra Club Ansel Adams Award in 1993, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award in 2011 – the first time ever it was given to an individual.

Multi-media Show and Book Signing Event                            

Fielder will present his latest work, “Weld County: 4,000 Square Miles of Grandeur, Greatness & Yesterdays” Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the UCCC Monfort Concert Hall. The evening’s schedule includes:

  • 6 – 6:55 p.m. – Book sale and signing of all of Fielder’s Colorado books and calendars including Weld County.
  • 7 – 8: 15 p.m. – John Fielder presents photographs, beautiful music, and stories from this four-year project exploring Weld County, with a tribute to local historian and former City of Greeley Museums’ curator Peggy Ford Waldo.
  • 8:15 – 9 p.m. – Book sale and signing continue to take place

Ticket Prices

Tickets are on sale now at the Union Colony Civic Center, located at 701 10th Avenue in Greeley. Purchase tickets online to the event for $17.50 or purchase in person, at the door, for the same price.

For more information about the Fielder multi-media show, please visit GreeleyMuseums.com or call the Greeley History Museum at 970-350-9220.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:
Museums Manager, Sarah Saxe
970-350-9218
sarah.saxe@greeleygov.com

‘Museum at Twilight’ Event Offers Evening Access to the Greeley History Museum

FOR RELEASE: The Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., continues evening hours on the second Thursday of the month. Museum at Twilight is a special event from 4-8 p.m. that offers visitors opportunities to explore the galleries and enjoy light refreshments. 

The next Museum at Twilight event is scheduled for Aug. 12. The Weld County Genealogical Society will co-host it. Shirley Soenksen, Weld County Genealogical Society president, will briefly overview society activities and answer any questions. Soenksen will present at 6 p.m. and repeat the presentation at 7 p.m.

“We surveyed community members and they said that they would like to visit the museum in the evenings after work hours,” said City of Greeley Museums Manager Sarah Saxe. “Museum at Twilight offers that with some fun extras like guest speakers, snacks, behind-the-scenes tours and more.”

At each event, co-hosting organizations have an opportunity to provide presentations and information.

For visitors over the age of 21, one craft beer or glass of wine is included in the cost of regular admission.  Snacks and beverages are available while supplies last.

Regular Greeley Museum admission applies: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (60+), $5 for youth (3-17) and $3 for SNAP and EBT cardholders. There is a $25 family rate that includes a maximum of two adults and four youth. Greeley Museums members receive free admission; visit greeleymuseums.com/support/membership to learn more about becoming a member.

The Friends of the Greeley Museums, Highland Park Liquors, and High Country Beverage sponsor all Museum at Twilight events.

The museum is open regular hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Group visits are by appointment on Wednesdays. For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:
Museums Manager, Sarah Saxe
970-350-9218
sarah.saxe@greeleygov.com

May History Brown Bag on Zoom – Black Pilot Participation in World War I

FOR RELEASE: In celebration of Historic Preservation Month this May, Greeley’s Historic Preservation Commission will sponsor a special History Brown Bag presentation noon, Thursday, May 27. George Junne, Ph.D., a University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Professor and Coordinator of Africana Studies, will present “Black Pilot Participation in World War I.” This special History Brown Bag presentation will take place virtually through zoom. Visit greeleygov.com/hp to get the meeting login information to join the webinar.

Black people from the United States, Africa and other countries participated in World War I as soldiers and a few as pilots. This presentation will highlight the involvement of those early airmen and their accomplishments. Of the few fighter pilots identified as “Black,” one of them was an American pilot named Eugene Jacques Bullard. A boxer and entertainer, he flew with his pet monkey named George.  At a time when anti-Black racism ran high in America, Bullard had “All Blood Runs Red” painted on the side of his aircraft.

Junne specializes in African American history and culture and has done extensive research and writing on the African American settlement of Dearfield, Colorado, as well as Ottoman African eunuchs. His book, “The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire: Networks of Power in the Court of the Sultan,” was published in 2016.

During summers, Junne works as a fossil collector for the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology. He also works with Professor Emeritus Robert Brunswig and his UNC archaeology crews at North Park, Colorado, on Native American historical sites. In 2000, Junne started teaching as a visiting professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

For more information about History Brown presentations or historic preservation in Greeley, please contact Elizabeth Kellums, Planner III – Historic Preservation, at elizabeth.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9222.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:
Elizabeth Kellums, planner III – historic preservation
970-350-9222
elizabeth.kellums@greeleygov.com

Pieces of Home: Supporting the Troops Past and Present – Online History Brown Bag

FOR RELEASE: The City of Greeley is presenting “Pieces of Home: Supporting the Troops Past and Present” from noon to 1 p.m., April 22. This webinar is part of the History Brown Bag Series. Participants are encouraged to log in to the webinar a few minutes early for additional content from Greeley Museums. Visit greeleygov.com/hp to get the meeting login information to join the webinar.

From 1917 to 1919, citizens produced over 370 million items for troops and refugees. Popular posters during World War I were full of slogans like “Knit Your Bit” and “You Can Help,” encouraging people on the home front to create items to support the war effort. Newspapers and magazines printed patterns for things like knitted wool socks and comfort kits that families could send overseas in care packages. Katie Ross and JoAnna Stull from the City of Greeley Museums will explore local efforts to support the troops during World War I and walk attendees through how to create their own comfort kit and care package for today’s troops.

To experience more military history, visit the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., for a new exhibition, “War Comes Home: The Legacy,”  on display until Sept. 25.

The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission hosts a History Brown Bag Series. These events are designed to provide the Greeley community more information on local, regional, national and worldwide history. The series continues to be presented as an online Zoom webinar until further notice.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kellums in the Greeley Historic Preservation Office at elizabeth.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9222. To learn more about Greeley’s Historic Preservation Program, visit greeleygov.com/hp.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:
Elizabeth Kellums, historic preservation planner
970-350-9222
elizabeth.kellums@greeleygov.com

Greeley History Museum Reopens April 1

FOR RELEASE: In March 2020, the Greeley History Museum closed in response to COVID-19. Since then, staff worked to prepare for reopening the museum for the community. City officials announce the Greeley History Museum will reopen April 1.

City officials developed an operations action plan to provide safe access to the Greeley History Museum for all visitors. The plan takes into account the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment orders and guidance and the City of Greeley’s color-coded response strategy. Visit the City of Greeley’s website for more information about how the organization is handling COVID-19.

Colorado’s mask order requires all individuals wear a face covering while inside the Greeley History Museum. Officials encourage all visitors to practice social distancing at the museum. Anyone with COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms — fever, cough, or shortness of breath — should not enter or use city facilities, including the Greeley History Museum.

Visit the Greeley History Museum starting April 1 to experience the following exhibitions:

Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains
Located in the museum’s main gallery, visitors can explore Greeley’s history, including the Union Colony’s formation, the area’s agricultural heritage, water use, and growth over time.

War Comes Home: The Legacy
Combined with local artifacts from the City of Greeley Museums’ collection, “War Comes Home: The Legacy” highlights private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history. The traveling exhibition, rich with historical and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming.

Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts
This exhibit tells the stories of artifacts that are not always pleasant or happy. In fact, some artifacts are just downright gross or uncomfortable and are rarely displayed because of that reason. All together in one place, these items make an intriguing statement about our history and what museums collect.

A Message for the Future
In 1967 and 1970, Greeley residents collected items and documents that reflected who they were and what their lives were like and buried them in time capsules. Last year, the capsules were opened and this exhibit shows a selection of items that were uncovered.

In addition to exhibits, the lower level of the museum contains the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center, which has an impressive collection of documentary and photographic resources available for researchers, students and genealogists by appointment.

The Greeley History Museum is located at 714 8th St. in downtown Greeley. The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Group visits are by appointment on Wednesdays. For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:
Museums Manager, Sarah Saxe
970-350-9218
sarah.saxe@greeleygov.com