The Babies are Back: 2019 Baby Animal Days

For Release: GREELEY, CO – The baby animals are coming, are you ready? Baby Animal Days is back at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St., Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, closed Sunday, April 21, for Easter.

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. Ever wonder where the baby animals come from? Greeley West Future Farmers of America Chapter are the ones who provide Centennial Village with this dose of cuteness.

The annual event happens rain or shine and admission is $3 per person, ages three and older.

Visitors can also enjoy wagon rides, weather permitting, April 20, 27 and 28.

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.

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


For more information, media representatives should contact:
Christina Wiles, Marketing Coordinator
Communication and Engagement Department
Greeley History Museum

Every Picture Has to Tell a Story

For Release: GREELEY, Colorado – Denny remembers his father, Lew, frequently telling him “Remember Dennis, every picture has to tell a story.” “The Dakan Perspective: Over a Century of Father & Son Photography” exhibit tells over a 100 years of stories by the father and son photographers. Lew and Denny Dakan documented Weld County and northern Colorado in photos that range from aerial views to nature scenes. A selection of those images will be on display at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., beginning March 15, 2019 and running through January 5, 2020.

Part of Lew and Denny Dakan’s story telling include detailed notes for each photograph. Their written words will accompany each of the 46 photographs in the exhibit. The earliest photograph showcased in the exhibit was taken when Lew and his father Albert Dakan visited a mining operation west of Loveland in 1917. One hundred years later, his son Denny shot the most recent image in the exhibit. Also on display will be four antique cameras and used to capture many of the photographs on exhibit.

Some Weld residents may actually have a Dakan photograph in their home. Lew was a wedding photographer in Weld County for more than 30 years. The Greeley History Museum houses over 1500 Lew Dakan photographs in its collections. Additional images can be accessed at the Hazel E. Johnson Research Center on the lower level of the downtown museum.

For more information about the exhibit, visit or call 970-350-9220.


For more information contact:
Christina Wiles
Marketing Coordinator, Museums
Communication and Engagement Department

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits Comes to Greeley

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, Colorado — A national traveling exhibition created by the Museum of Danish America opens at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St. The exhibit begins Saturday, February 2, and runs through Saturday, July 20. “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits, shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and how those traditions came to the United States with immigrants. The exhibit focuses on beer and aquavit, the traditional booze of Scandinavia that translates as “the water of life.”

Scandinavians have brewed beer for over 1,500 years. The Norse god Odin was credited with teaching humans how to brew beer. Drinking beer was often involved in worship and in offerings to deities. Beer was also part of battle victory celebrations and drinking challenges.

In the 1500s, distilled liquor became known through Scandinavia as a medical cure-all. Early distilling efforts often produced awful flavors. Herbs and other plants were used to improve the taste creating what is now known as aquavit. The main flavor of aquavit, according to the European Union, should be caraway or dill. The taste of this Scandinavian spirit has been described as “rye bread in liquid form.”

For more information about the Greeley History Museum’s “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” visit or call 970-350-9220


For more information contact:
Christina Wiles, Culture, Parks and Recreation Department, Marketing Coordinator

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

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 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

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For more information, contact:
Scott Chartier, Historic Sites Curator