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

City of Greeley Online Time Capsule Opening October 22

FOR RELEASE: Greeley marks its 150th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, city officials plan to open two time capsules.

Join the Greeley Historic Preservation Commission and the City of Greeley Museums as they unveil a selection of items from both capsules live as part of Greeley’s History Brown Bag series at noon, Oct. 22. Register and connect at bit.ly/Greeley150. Log on to the webinar a few minutes before noon to see more photos related to Greeley’s 150th and the time capsules’ unearthing.

In October of 1967 and again in October of 1970, Greeley residents collected items that reflected their lives and placed them in time capsules. They put one capsule in the Civic Center Complex building (later known as the Lincoln Park Annex) in 1967 when it opened. In late 2015, the building was demolished for the construction of the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Greeley. Museum staff kept the capsule safe since then. The city buried the 1970 capsule in Lincoln Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Greeley’s founding.

In addition to museum staff telling stories and showing time capsule items, City Manager Roy Otto will speak about Greeley’s 150th anniversary and how that connects with us today. Recently retired Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik will read comments from the public and reflect on her involvement in Greeley’s 150th-anniversary celebration.

Greeley officials encourage current and former residents who remember when the time capsules were buried to share their stories. Connect by visiting the time capsule online form and submitting comments there, forms.mygreeley.com/time-capsule. If you cannot leave your comments online, please call the Historic Preservation Office at 970-350-9222.

In 2021, the Greeley History Museum will open an exhibit featuring items from both time capsules.

Anyone that misses the live event can view it on the City of Greeley’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/cityofgreeley, after the initial live webinar.

For details about the Greeley Museums, visit greeleymuseums.com. To learn more about Greeley’s Historic Preservation Program, please visit greeleygov.com/hp, email betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or call 970-350-9222.

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

Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment going into effect, giving women the right to vote across the nation. The City of Greeley Museums will celebrate with Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress, which opens Jan. 17, 2020 at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St. The exhibit focuses on the accomplishments of Weld County women after they gained the right to vote.

Weld County has a history of strong, trailblazing women, from groundbreaking engineers to military service members and human rights advocates.

Lottye Miner became the President of her own engineering firm in Greeley in 1957. At that time, there were only around 60 female engineers in the entire state. Over the course of her career, she managed four separate branches of her firm and oversaw construction projects in Lebanon and Pakistan.

Sue Ogata Kato, a first generation Japanese-American, joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, later called the WACs, in 1943 to help with the war effort. She recalled, “I was proud to be an American and I was waving the American flag.”

Roseline Mugaruka, a Congolese refugee, fled her home with three of her siblings when the Second Congo War broke out. She came to the U.S. as a refugee at the age of 15. Mugaruka graduated high school and attended the University of Northern Colorado, studying International Affairs and Human Services. Now, she advocates for local female immigrants and refugees as the Women’s Empowerment Coordinator at the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado.

One hundred years after women’s suffrage, learn more about these and the other women that have shaped Greeley, Weld County, and Colorado. The exhibit ends January 3, 2021.

High Plains Library District is proud to partner with the City of Greeley Museums to bring a traveling exhibit highlighting “Beyond Suffrage: Authors and Educators” to libraries throughout their service area. A brown bag lecture series featuring Authors & Educators will also accompany this event. Visit mylibrary.us/suffrage for a list of where and when the exhibit will be showing or contact High Plains Library District at 888-861-7323(READ.)

For more information about “Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Progress,” visit greeleymuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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For more information contact:
Holly Berg, Curator of Exhibits
City of Greeley Museums
(970) 336-4184
Holly.Berg@Greeleygov.com