Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO — The Greeley History Museum is proud to present “Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts” from August 24, 2019 to July 14, 2020. The exhibition explores some of the unusual, icky, disturbing, awful, uncomfortable and surprising artifacts from the museum’s collection.

The exhibition is about looking at artifacts in a different way. We can acknowledge that artifacts help tell the history of a community in some way, but also recognize that the story is not always a pleasant, happy one. Conversely, some artifacts are just downright gross or uncomfortable and are rarely displayed because of that. All together in one place, these artifacts make an intriguing statement about our history and how and what museums collect. Some of the artifacts on display include a necklace made of human hair and a photo of doctors performing neurosurgery at the Greeley Hospital in 1953.

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

“Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts” is modeled on the exhibition from the Hayward Area Historical Society in Hayward, CA and facilitated by Exhibit Envoy.

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

Reclaiming Our Heritage

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO — What does it mean to hold on to your own cultural heritage? If you lose your heritage, how do you find it again? The Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., presents “Reclaiming Our Heritage” a look into ways cultural groups lose their heritage and the steps they take to reclaim it. The exhibit opens July 19 and closes September 22, 2019.

Based on a grant project completed by the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado, the exhibit features stories from Native American, Karenni, and African American communities in the United States and Denotified Tribes and Adavasi groups in India. Artifacts on display include family photos, cultural clothing and works of art.

This exhibit presented in collaboration with the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado.

For more information about the exhibit, 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

 

2019 Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker Free Celebration

For Release: GREELEY, CO — Nathan C. Meeker, Greeley’s founder, was born on July 12, 1817 in Euclid, Ohio. If he were alive today, this year would have marked his 202nd birthday. He made simple statement to the townspeople of Greeley 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 13, 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 mini tours through the museum, historical lawn games and light refreshments.

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.

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

Skål! A Guided Talk and Taste

For Release: GREELEY, CO – The Greeley History Museum, 714, 8th St., and Tower 56 Distilling, 825 9th St. Unit B, present a night of aquavit tasting and food pairings, “Skål! A Guided Talk and Taste.” This guided evening begins at 6 p.m. on June 12, at the Greeley History Museum.

Tova Brandt, Curator for the Museum of Danish America, will lead an in-depth tour of the “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” exhibit followed by aquavit tasting and food pairings. The evening will finish at Tower 56 Distillery with a guided tour detailing their distilling process.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 970-350-9215 or visiting the Greeley History Museum’s front desk. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. All attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID.

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

Presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits, “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” was created by the Museum of Danish America. Catering will be provided by Cat’s Kitchen.

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

2019 Centennial Celebration Scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend

For Release: GREELEY, CO – The City of Greeley is proud to begin Centennial Village Museum’s 2019 season with Centennial Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 26, from noon to 4 p.m.

During the two-day celebration experience blacksmithing, print shop demonstrations, and tours of the historical Stevens-Reynolds, Carpenter and Bolin Houses. The Buffalo Soldiers’ performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Centennial Village provides an audio and visual mobile phone tour, available in both English and Spanish, which includes photos and additional historical 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 (60+) and $5 per youth (3 to 17.) The museum has a special family rate of $25, which includes two adults and up to four youth.

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 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 Museum and the Centennial Celebration event, visit GreeleyMuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.

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For more information contact:
Scott Chartier, Curator of Historic Sites
City of Greeley Museums
970-350-9592
scott.chartier@greeleygov.com

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 greeleymuseums.com.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:
Christina Wiles, Marketing Coordinator
Communication and Engagement Department
Greeley History Museum
970-350-9455
Christina.Wiles@GreeleyGov.com