Greeley History Museum Hosts Free Community Event About Bracero Program

Join the City of Greeley Museums for a storytelling event, “Bittersweet Harvest: Carrying the Family Legacy.” Learn about the Mexican Farm Labor Program or “Bracero Program” through personal accounts.

The event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 2, at the Aims Community College Welcome Center, Ballroom A, 5401 W 20th St.

Event speakers Esthela Núñez Franco and Adriana Trujillo will give a history of the Bracero Program. They will also share stories from family members who participated.

The event is co-hosted by the City of Greeley Museums and Aims Community College.

 The Largest Guest Worker Program in U.S. History

The “Bracero Program” began in 1942 and became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. More than four million Mexican men took short-term labor contracts. Their work influenced the future social landscape of the U.S. and Mexico.

“Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” runs at the Greeley History Museum through May 13, 2023. The National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) organized the exhibit. The Latino Initiatives Pool, managed by the Smithsonian Latino Center, provided federal support. All SITES photographs in this exhibit are by Leonard Nadal.

About the Greeley History Museum

The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history. The site provides permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research, and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains.” Other galleries feature rotating themes throughout each year.

For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com.

 

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City of Greeley Museums’ Limited Edited T-shirt Captures the “Colorado Grit” of Rattlesnake Kate

Custom artwork of “Rattlesnake Kate” is now available on limited edition T-shirts at the Greeley History Museum.

T-shirts can be purchased while supplies last at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.

The design by graphic artist Jordan Nicholson is a tribute to the pioneer’s “Colorado grit.” Kate became famous after fending off 140 rattlesnakes in the early 20th Century.

Nicholson is a Colorado native and University of Northern Colorado graduate. His artwork is a modern take on Kate’s well-known style. Learn more about Nicholson’s work at nicholson.ink.

 A Northern Colorado Legend

The story of Kate Slaughterback’s heroic stand against 140 rattlesnakes is legendary. Her famous rattlesnake skin dress, shoes, and neckband reside at the Greeley History Museum. A replica of her home stands among the historical buildings at Centennial Village Museum.

The historical figure recently experienced a renaissance through the “Rattlesnake Kate” musical. This show was the work of UNC graduate, Neyla Pekarek, a Grammy-nominated musician formerly of the Lumineers.

Learn more about “Rattlesnake Kate” at greeleymuseums.com.

About the Greeley History Museum

The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research, and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which feature rotating themes throughout each year.

For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com.

 

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Homesteader’s Holiday Returns to Centennial Village Museum for a Festive Celebration

Homesteader’s Holiday returns to Centennial Village Museum for a cozy holiday celebration set in the village’s festively decorated historical homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1475 A Street.

Tickets are $4 per person, and children two and under attend for free. Youth 12 and under attend free with a canned food donation to Weld County Food Bank.

Candle Dipping, Cowboy Santa, and Christmas Shopping

Take part in some festive take-home historical crafts, including the unique art of candle dipping and Victorian paper ornaments. Tour the village’s town square and historical homes while listening to live entertainment, ranging from Christmas carols performed by the Grace Church Choir to bluegrass and Americana from Northern Colorado band, Rusty 44.

This year also marks the return of Cowboy Santa to Centennial Village Museum, available to talk with kids young and old about the upcoming holiday season.

Don’t forget to stop by Selma’s Store for stocking stuffers and other unique gifts. The store will be staffed throughout the Homesteader’s Holiday event.

Centennial Village Museum reopens for regular seasonal hours in May 2023.

Opened in 1976, Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features more than 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. As a City of Greeley Museums site, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region, housing some of Weld County’s oldest structures and hosting several annual special events. Visit greeleymuseums.com to learn more.

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Greeley History Museum Hosts Free, Community Event Featuring “Stories from the Field”

The Greeley History Museum invites community members to an impactful, storytelling event, “Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Field,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St.

Event speakers, Mario Gonzalez and Carmel Solano, will share testimonials related to the Mexican Farm Labor Program, also called the “Bracero Program,” and speak to broader themes of migration, field work, and how both impacted families.

The event is free and open to the public and includes a facilitated tour of the “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964″ exhibit, which runs at the Greeley History Museum through March 11, 2023.

“Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Field” is co-hosted by City of Greeley Museums and the Mexican American History Project: Greeley Committee.

 The Largest Guest Worker Program in U.S. History

The “Bracero Program,” began in 1942 and became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. More than four million Mexican men entered the U.S. to work on short-term labor contracts. Their contributions shaped the future political, economic, and social climates of both countries.

The National Museum of American History organized “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. All SITES photographs in this exhibit are by Leonard Nadal.

 About the Greeley History Museum

The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research, and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which feature rotating themes throughout each year.

For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com.

 

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For more information, media representatives should contact:

Holly Berg, curator of exhibits

970-336-4184

Holly.Berg@greeleygov.com

“ReFashioned” Exhibit Explores the Creative Reuse of Repurposed Objects at Greeley History Museum

Greeley History Museum’s newest exhibit, “ReFashioned: Giving Objects a Second Life,” celebrates the creative reuse of objects and the resourcefulness of past Weld County residents through a diverse selection of artifacts sourced from the City of Greeley Museums’ collections.

The exhibit runs through August 26, 2023, at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.

Giving Objects a Second Life

“ReFashioned” displays objects based on how previous owners chose to repurpose them, whether as household items, clothing, or converted into art. The exhibit invites visitors to brainstorm “what comes next?” with an interactive game and share their own refashioned story on an interactive sticker wall.

Repurposing Throughout History

The exhibit draws inspiration from past and modern slogans, such as “Make Do and Mend” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Since at least the early 1900s, slogans like these encouraged people to use less for themselves, others, and the world.

During times of scarcity, people repurposed items because they had to. Early Greeley residents had to make or bring everything they needed to survive. Those living during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl made do with what they had because they couldn’t afford to buy new items.

During the World Wars, the inspiration to reduce and reuse came from patriotism. People donated used items like nylon stockings and old tires to help the war effort, carefully used rationed goods, and found substitutes whenever they could.

In the 1960s and 70s, people started to worry about pollution. Saving the planet became the new inspiration for reducing waste. Today, the trend of reducing, reusing, and recycling is as popular as ever, but it also comes with dire warnings about the state of our environment.

About the Greeley History Museum

The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research, and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which include rotating themes throughout each year.

For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com.

 

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For more information, media representatives should contact:

Holly Berg, curator of exhibits

970-336-4184

Holly.Berg@greeleygov.com

 

Centennial Village Museum Launches Hands-On Historical Programs During Month of August

Centennial Village Museum launches three Saturdays of historical workshops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13, 20, and 27 at 1475 A Street. Visitors can practice heritage activities, like the basics of woodworking, historical games, and hand loom weaving.

Recommended for ages 10 and older. Workshop fees included in regular museum admission prices and all materials provided. Visit greeleymuseums.com for ticket prices.

Hands-On History:

Soap Carving

For the Aug. 13 workshop, Gary Alexander, museum volunteer and Centennial Village woodcarver, provides a hands-on history lesson by teaching the basics of woodworking through soap carving.

Historic Toys

The Aug. 20 workshop is all about fun and historical games. Master the art of stilt walking, send hoops twirling into the sky in the game of “Graces,” and make a cornhusk doll to take home.

Hand Loom Weaving

On Aug. 27, get crafty with museum staff as they teach the basics of weaving. Learn to make hand looms, pick from a selection of colorful yarn, and take home a unique creation.

Visit Centennial Village Museum during regular summer hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 3.

Opened in 1976, Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features more than 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. As a City of Greeley Museums site, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region, housing some of Weld County’s oldest structures and hosting several annual special events. Visit greeleymuseums.com to learn more.

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For more information, media representatives should contact:

Geoff Havens, curator of historic sites

970-350-9592

geoff.havens@greeleygov.com