Greeley History Museum Hosts Free, Community Event Featuring “Stories from the Field”

The Greeley History Museum invites community members to an impactful, storytelling event, “Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Field,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St.

Event speakers, Mario Gonzalez and Carmel Solano, will share testimonials related to the Mexican Farm Labor Program, also called the “Bracero Program,” and speak to broader themes of migration, field work, and how both impacted families.

The event is free and open to the public and includes a facilitated tour of the “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964″ exhibit, which runs at the Greeley History Museum through March 11, 2023.

“Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Field” is co-hosted by City of Greeley Museums and the Mexican American History Project: Greeley Committee.

 The Largest Guest Worker Program in U.S. History

The “Bracero Program,” began in 1942 and became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. More than four million Mexican men entered the U.S. to work on short-term labor contracts. Their contributions shaped the future political, economic, and social climates of both countries.

The National Museum of American History organized “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. All SITES photographs in this exhibit are by Leonard Nadal.

 About the Greeley History Museum

The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research, and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which feature rotating themes throughout each year.

For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com.

 

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For more information, media representatives should contact:

Holly Berg, curator of exhibits

970-336-4184

Holly.Berg@greeleygov.com

“ReFashioned” Exhibit Explores the Creative Reuse of Repurposed Objects at Greeley History Museum

Greeley History Museum’s newest exhibit, “ReFashioned: Giving Objects a Second Life,” celebrates the creative reuse of objects and the resourcefulness of past Weld County residents through a diverse selection of artifacts sourced from the City of Greeley Museums’ collections.

The exhibit runs through August 26, 2023, at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.

Giving Objects a Second Life

“ReFashioned” displays objects based on how previous owners chose to repurpose them, whether as household items, clothing, or converted into art. The exhibit invites visitors to brainstorm “what comes next?” with an interactive game and share their own refashioned story on an interactive sticker wall.

Repurposing Throughout History

The exhibit draws inspiration from past and modern slogans, such as “Make Do and Mend” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Since at least the early 1900s, slogans like these encouraged people to use less for themselves, others, and the world.

During times of scarcity, people repurposed items because they had to. Early Greeley residents had to make or bring everything they needed to survive. Those living during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl made do with what they had because they couldn’t afford to buy new items.

During the World Wars, the inspiration to reduce and reuse came from patriotism. People donated used items like nylon stockings and old tires to help the war effort, carefully used rationed goods, and found substitutes whenever they could.

In the 1960s and 70s, people started to worry about pollution. Saving the planet became the new inspiration for reducing waste. Today, the trend of reducing, reusing, and recycling is as popular as ever, but it also comes with dire warnings about the state of our environment.

About the Greeley History Museum

The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research, and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which include rotating themes throughout each year.

For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com.

 

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For more information, media representatives should contact:

Holly Berg, curator of exhibits

970-336-4184

Holly.Berg@greeleygov.com

 

Centennial Village Museum Launches Hands-On Historical Programs During Month of August

Centennial Village Museum launches three Saturdays of historical workshops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13, 20, and 27 at 1475 A Street. Visitors can practice heritage activities, like the basics of woodworking, historical games, and hand loom weaving.

Recommended for ages 10 and older. Workshop fees included in regular museum admission prices and all materials provided. Visit greeleymuseums.com for ticket prices.

Hands-On History:

Soap Carving

For the Aug. 13 workshop, Gary Alexander, museum volunteer and Centennial Village woodcarver, provides a hands-on history lesson by teaching the basics of woodworking through soap carving.

Historic Toys

The Aug. 20 workshop is all about fun and historical games. Master the art of stilt walking, send hoops twirling into the sky in the game of “Graces,” and make a cornhusk doll to take home.

Hand Loom Weaving

On Aug. 27, get crafty with museum staff as they teach the basics of weaving. Learn to make hand looms, pick from a selection of colorful yarn, and take home a unique creation.

Visit Centennial Village Museum during regular summer hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 3.

Opened in 1976, Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features more than 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. As a City of Greeley Museums site, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region, housing some of Weld County’s oldest structures and hosting several annual special events. Visit greeleymuseums.com to learn more.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:

Geoff Havens, curator of historic sites

970-350-9592

geoff.havens@greeleygov.com

Pets N Popsicles Delivers Sweet Treats to Beat the Heat at Centennial Village Museum

Stay cool with sweet treats at Centennial Village Museum’s annual Pets N Popsicles event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5-6 at 1475 A Street. Guests receive a popsicle with each ticket purchase, $4 per person for ages three and up.

For more ticket details, visit greeleymuseums.com/locations/centennial-village/.

Resident Animals and Wagon Rides

Visit the museum’s resident animals and see how the babies have grown. Summer season animals include lambs, goats, chickens, turkeys, and Dolly the calf.

Pets N Popsicles also features a return visit from the baby Clydesdales, Skye and Stirling, and wagon rides with Mountain Shadow Carriages on Saturday, Aug. 6 (weather permitting).

Visit Centennial Village Museum during regular summer hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 3.

Opened in 1976, Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features more than 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. As a City of Greeley Museums site, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region, housing some of Weld County’s oldest structures and hosting several annual special events. Visit greeleymuseums.com to learn more.

 

 

Meeker Home Museum Reopens for Select Summer Dates

Greeley’s first official museum, the Meeker Home Museum, reopens for public tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of the month in June, July, and August at 1324 9th Avenue.

Standard museum admission prices apply, listed online at greeleymuseums.com.

Home to Greeley’s Founding Family

The rare, two-story adobe structure offers visitors a chance to step into the past, observing 19th-century furnishings and décor, including the 10 ft. tall “diamond dust mirror” in a 30–45-minute tour.

The tour also provides visitors insight into one of Greeley’s founding families and the story of how one man’s dream became the City of Greeley.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, architect Arthur Hotchkiss built Meeker Home Museum in 1870 for Nathan Cook Meeker and his family. The unique, adobe structure became Greeley’s first museum in 1929. The museum grounds are accessible to the community year-round during daylight hours and the City of Greeley Museums offers a virtual tour of the museum at greeleymuseums.com.

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Release Date:
June 7, 2022
Geoff Havens, Curator of Historic Sites
970-350-9592
geoff.havens@greeleygov.com

Centennial Village Museum Kicks Off Summer Season with Opening Weekend Event, Centennial Celebration

Join Centennial Village Museum for its opening weekend event, Centennial Celebration, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at 1475 A Street.

Explore the museum’s grounds and historical buildings, watch live demonstrations of late-1800s, early 1900s high plains living, and two special performances from the Buffalo Soldier reenactors at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Centennial Village Museum opens for regular summer hours from May 27 through Sept. 3.

Experience Early Life on the High Plains

One of the many ways Centennial Village Museum showcases and preserves history is through live demonstrations of early West skills. This year’s Centennial Celebration includes blacksmithing and woodcarving demonstrations, offering visitors insight into the physical demands early settlers faced.

The Buffalo Soldier reenactors join Centennial Celebration with a special presentation, highlighting an essential part of early West history not widely known in modern times. Members of the 9th and 10th U.S. Cavalry, both all-Black regiments, the Buffalo Soldiers played an essential role in the country’s westward expansion, with the Colorado Territory being one of their earliest assignments. The regiment’s duties included building forts and railroads, delivering mail, guarding stagecoaches, and protecting settlers in the area.

Opened in 1976, Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features more than 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. As a City of Greeley Museums site, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region, housing some of Weld County’s oldest structures and hosting several annual special events. Visit greeleymuseums.com to learn more.

 

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Release Date:
May 16, 2022
Geoff Havens, Curator of Historic Sites
970-350-9592
geoff.havens@greeleygov.com