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Severance Vigilantes Act Out Against Pro-German Sentiment

On April 6, 1917, Congress declared war on Germany and America entered World War I. At this time, several thousand Germans-from-Russia lived in Weld County, many having arrived after 1902 to work as “stoop laborers” in the sugar beet fields. These immigrants were...

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Two Buildings, Two Churches, Many Stories

The building at 803 10th Ave. is quite important to Greeley’s religious history. Currently the home of Saint Patrick’s Presbyterian Church, the site underwent many changes throughout its history that can be traced back to the Union Colony. Old Park Church was one of...

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1920 City Improvement Plan

What did City of Greeley residents feel were important issues the city should focus on? Here's a snapshot of issues from Greeley's 1920 City Improvement Plan, a 10-year program endorsed by the Greeley Chamber of Commerce. Organize a campaign to do away with rats? Own...

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

We probably should have timed this post with the anniversary of the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor which was December 7.  But truly, it's never too late to write about an important topic, or to revisit its importance in American history. And you know that saying, "I...

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Local Students Prep Centennial Village’s Haunted Hall House

Preparations are underway for Centennial Village Museum’s annual not-so-haunted Hall House, a popular attraction hosted during the museum’s annual Howl-O-Ween trick or treat event. Museum staff are thankful that it's even happening. This year, the team in charge of...

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We Need Your Help! Take Our Community Survey

By Nicole Famiglietti, Curator of Exhibits The City of Greeley Museums collect, preserve, interpret and share the history of northeastern Colorado with an emphasis on Weld County through three public museums and a learning center. As a local system of regional history...

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History Re-stitched: Shawsheen & Josephine Meeker

Famous Faces in Northern Colorado History Written by JoAnna Luth Stull, Museum Registrar Named and known by her descendants as She-towitch, she was best known as Shawsheen with her name written in historic newspaper accounts as Shasheen, Shashien, and Shosheen and...

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History of Centennial Village’s Farr Garage

Curious about the history of the Farr Garage at Centennial Village? It was originally a blacksmith shop! In 1982, Centennial Village staff were able to construct the replica blacksmith shop through the great generosity of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Farr. Its design and...

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The Story of Kate McHale Slaughterback

Famous Faces in Northern Colorado History Written by Kimberly Overholt, Museum Marketing Several stories and people have found historic fame in northeastern Colorado, but none so much as the fame garnered by an early 20th century rattlesnake killing incident. Kate...

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History Re-stitched: Josephine Meeker & Shawsheen

Written by JoAnna Luth Stull, Museum Registrar Greeley’s founder Nathan Meeker wrote in the 1870, edition of the Greeley Tribune, “Now while we are daily exploring the prairies, mountains, and streams, and even bringing up buried treasures of the ages from the grounds...

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Now that everything is turning green 💚 again, let’s talk about this favorite springtime color. William Shakespeare associates green with jealousy and envy at least three times in his plays. Though literary historians credit The Bard with coining this phrase, scholars think that the connection began with the Ancient Greek poet Sappho who describes a forlorn lover as being green. The Ancient Greeks also used green to describe someone who appeared ill or sickly. Since then, many western writers have connected various shades of green, like this velvet jacket, with envy, greed and jealousy. Learn about all of the colors of the rainbow in the “Well Dressed in Weld: Spectrum” exhibit! 🌈 ... See MoreSee Less

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