2018 Potato Day Festival Scheduled for Saturday, September 8

FOR RELEASE: GREELEY, CO—On Saturday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Friends of the Greeley Museums will host its largest event of the year, Potato Day. Held at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St., Potato Day includes a host of fun activities including musical entertainment, old-fashioned children’s games, a used book sale, a beer garden, historical demonstrations and tours, and more—all located throughout Greeley’s eight-acre open-air living history museum.

According to the museum’s Development Coordinator Peggy Ford-Waldo, Potato Day is an event steeped in tradition. In fact, Greeley’s economy in the 19th century was largely dependent upon potatoes that reached national markets by rail. In 1894, Greeley citizens paid homage to potatoes and other crops by transforming its downtown Lincoln Park into an agricultural pavilion and hosting a feast to celebrate the harvest. Over 6,000 people attended the event, many coming from Denver on excursion trains. Guests feasted on baked potatoes, coffee, and lamb and beef roasted in barbeque pits dug in the park. The Potato Day event pays homage to this part of Northern Colorado’s history.

Fast forward to 2018 and Potato Day has become the largest annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Greeley Museums. Since 1987, the group has raised and donated over $400,000 to the City of Greeley Museums for educational programs and preservation projects.

Admission to Potato Day is $7 per person ages 3+, and includes a baked potato with each paid admission.

For more information about Potato Day or the Friends of the Greeley Museums, call 970-350-9220 or visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

2018 Pets ‘N’ Popsicles at Centennial Village

Family Fun and Furry Friends Expected for Centennial Village Museum’s Pets ‘N’ Popsicles

FOR RELEASE: GREELEY, Colorado — Centennial Village Museum’s baby animals are grown up and ready to celebrate the end of summer during this year’s Pets ‘N’ Popsicles event. Pets ‘N’ Popsicles is scheduled for August 3-12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., each day. This summer staple of family fun includes up close experiences with the museum’s animals, assisted by staff and volunteers.

Pets ‘N’ Popsicles is a perfect event to spend an entire day. Families can bring a picnic, visit with the animals, enjoy a Popsicle treat and enjoy wagon rides on weekends. There are plenty of outdoor photo opportunities throughout the museum as well.

The historic buildings are closed for this special event, however, visitors can still tour the museum grounds and experience the museum’s new-and-improved audio and visual mobile phone tour, available in both English and Spanish. The tour includes photos and additional information about the buildings throughout the site. Individual carrier data rates may apply.

The museum also includes a printed version of the museum’s home tours, available in multiple languages, which can be picked up at the front admissions desk.

Admission to the Pets ‘N’ Popsicles event is just $3 per person ages three and older.. Located just south of Island Grove Regional Park, Centennial Village is an outdoor museum featuring historical buildings, beautiful gardens and heritage farm animals.

For more information about Pets ‘N’ Popsicles and other City of Greeley Museums events, visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

2018 Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker Celebration Scheduled

2018 Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker Celebration Scheduled

FOR RELEASE: The City of Greeley Museums can trace its origins back to a simple statement that Nathan C. Meeker, Greeley’s founder, made to the townspeople on December 7, 1870: “Now, while we are daily exploring the prairies, mountains and streams and even bringing up the buried treasures of the ages from the ground beneath us, we hope that our people will bear in mind the fact that we are organizing a museum for the benefit of the whole colony and whenever anything appropriate may be found, let it be placed among our common treasures and we will soon have a collection that will be both instructive and entertaining.”

To this day, the purpose of the City of Greeley Museums remains essentially the same, to collect, preserve, interpret and share the history of northeastern Colorado.

With this purpose in mind, on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the museum will host its annual Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker free community celebration at the Meeker Home Museum. Activities at museum, located at 1324 9th Ave., include brief tours through the museum, old fashioned lawn games, refreshments and cake.

The home was built in 1870 for Meeker and his family, and is a unique adobe two-story structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1929, Greeley residents organized and purchased the home to be Greeley’s first official museum and today it’s one of three city museums open to the public.

Furnishings original to the Meeker family and other items from late 19th Century Weld County homes can be viewed inside. The museum’s lawn is part of the city’s public park system and includes interpretive panels that show some of Greeley’s history.

Meeker was born on July 12, 1817 in Euclid, Ohio. If he were alive today, this year would have marked his 201st birthday.

To schedule a private tour of the museum, outside of the event’s hours, call 970-350-9220. For more information about the Meeker Home Museum event and other City of Greeley Museums events, visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

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For more information, contact:
Scott Chartier, Historic Sites Curator
970-350-9223
Scott.Chartier@GreeleyGov.com

 

Revival of a Centennial Village Museum Classic: 2018 Tea Party Scheduled

Revival of a Centennial Village Museum Classic: 2018 Tea Party Scheduled

FOR RELEASE: Centennial Village, 1475 A St., announces the return of a longtime museum tradition, its annual tea party. The Afternoon Tea Party at Centennial Village is scheduled for Friday, June 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The Victorian-styled event will feature refreshments, musical entertainment and, of course, tea. Attendants can expect to be dazzled with the elegant amenities that create an atmosphere of class and sophistication known to the society of the late 1800s.

Staff at Centennial Village are excited by the homecoming of this once popular event, and anticipates success similar to that of other re-heralded events.

Tickets are $25 a person. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased prior to the event, call 970-350-9220 for more information.

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For more information, contact:
Scott Chartier, Curator of Historic Sites
970-350-9592
Scott.Chartier@GreeleyGov.com

2018 Centennial Celebration Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

2018 Centennial Celebration Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

FOR RELEASE: The City of Greeley is proud to begin Centennial Village’s 2018 season with Centennial Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 27, from noon to 4 p.m.

Events held throughout the two-day celebration include blacksmithing and print shop demonstrations, and tours of the historical Stevens-Reynolds, Carpenter and Bolin Houses. The Buffalo Soldiers’ performances will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Centennial Village provides an audio and visual mobile phone tour, available in both English and Spanish, which includes photos and additional information. Individual carrier data rates may apply. Printed tours, also available in multiple languages, can be picked up at the front desk.

Admission to Centennial Celebration is $8 per adult, $6 per senior and $5 per child ages 3 and up. The museum has a special family rate of $18 for a group of five.

Located just south of Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Centennial Village Museum is northern Colorado’s 8-acre outdoor living history experience. The museum preserves life in the Colorado high plains region from the last 150 years and is open to the public from the end of May until the beginning of September, with several special events planned throughout the year.

For more information about Centennial Village and the Centennial Celebration event, visit GreeleyMuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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For more information, contact:
Scott Chartier, Historic Sites Curator
970-350-9223
scott.chartier@greeleygov.com

Kids Delight in 2018 Baby Animal Days, April 19-29

Kids Delight in 2018 Baby Animal Days, April 19-29

FOR RELEASE: Are you ready for baby animal cuteness overload? Check out Baby Animal Days at Centennial Village, 1475 A St., Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

During the event, families can interact with various baby animals such as pigs, lambs, chicks, ducks, goats and rabbits. Some of the animals reside in the museum’s Centennial Barn throughout its regular season, and some of the animals are visiting just for this special event. The annual event happens rain or shine and admission is $3 per person, ages three and older.

New this year, visitors can also enjoy wagon rides, weather permitting, April 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Baby Animal Days takes place in the western portion of Centennial Village and although the historical buildings are closed, visitors are welcome to meander the Village’s paths, check out the museum’s cell phone tour and enjoy the gardens.

“We have a lot of families and daycares who will pack a picnic and spend quite a bit of time with the animals,” said Museum Educator Sarah Lester. “It’s a delightful experience for families to enjoy the day together.”

Agfinity, a local agricultural cooperative, is Centennial Village’s season sponsor and provides feed for the animals throughout the season.

For more information about this event, call 970-350-9220 or visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

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For more information, contact:
Scott Chartier, Historic Sites Curator
970-350-9223
Scott.Chartier@GreeleyGov.com