‘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

“War Comes Home: The Legacy” Exhibit Opens at the Greeley History Museum April 1

FOR RELEASE: The exhibit “War Comes Home: The Legacy” opens April 1 through Sept. 25, 2021 at the Greeley History Museum, located at 714 8th St, in historic Downtown Greeley.

The public can access the exhibit during museum normal business hours Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“War Comes Home: The Legacy” explores the joys and hardships that returning soldiers and their families face during homecoming, as expressed through private letters and email correspondence. The exhibit includes thirteen interpretive panels spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Through these panel displays, “War Comes Home: The Legacy” explores the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war. The exhibit features an audio tour offered in both English and Spanish, to add a personal touch to the Veteran’s stories.

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.

“War Comes Home: The Legacy,” is part of Cal Humanities’ current “War Comes Home” initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community.

The exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, the director of CAWL and an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, associate professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.

“War Comes Home: The Legacy” is a partnership between Cal Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy. Visit https://greeleymuseums.com for additional details.

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 City of Greeley’s website for more information about how the organization is handling COVID-19.

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

“War Comes Home: The Legacy” Comes to the Greeley History Museum Exhibition Features Correspondence Revealing How War Changes Lives, Families, Communities

FOR RELEASE: The new exhibition “War Comes Home: The Legacy” will be open Spring 2021 through August 21 at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St.; however, the date could change due to COVID-19.

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.

 The exhibition explores the joys and hardships that returning soldiers and their families face during homecoming, as expressed through private letters and email correspondence. Spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and displayed on thirteen interpretive panels, “War Comes Home: The Legacy” explores the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war.

“Those of us coming back…are not looking for sympathy,” wrote Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres. “We might be reluctant at first to talk about what we’ve been through…[but] your support has made this journey an incredible one…Thanks, above all, for listening.”

 “War Comes Home: The Legacy” is part of Cal Humanities’ current “War Comes Home” initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community, and includes an English and Spanish audio tour. The exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL and an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.

“War Comes Home: The Legacy” is a partnership between Cal Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy. Visit https://greeleymuseums.com for details.

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