“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.


For more information, media representatives should contact:
Museums Manager, Sarah Saxe

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.


For more information, media representatives should contact:
Betsy Kellums, planner III – historic preservation

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.


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

2019 Homesteader’s Holiday at Centennial Village Museum

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO – Homesteader’s Holiday at Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St., has become a tradition in Northern Colorado. Families come to tour festively decorated historical homes and enjoy activities for the entire family. This year, Homesteader’s Holiday will be Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy candle dipping, creating their own holiday craft, and relish the Stevens-Reynolds House decorated in traditional holiday style. Rusty 44, a rustic roots band, will be performing from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also, do not miss Selma’s Store available for visitors to shop for unique gifts and holiday items, as well as local and regional history books.

Admission to the event is only $3 per person, ages 3 and older. Youth ages 12 and under are free with each canned food donation for the Weld County Food Bank.

Homesteader’s Holiday is presented by the City of Greeley and the City of Greeley Museums. Co-sponsors are Ameritech Windows and Mountain States International Black Belt Academy.

For more information about Homesteader’s Holiday, visit GreeleyMuseums.com.

2019 Holiday Open House at the Greeley History Museum

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO — The Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., hosts a free admission day, Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during its annual holiday open house. The event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority’s Holiday Open House event

During the free day, visitors can check out current exhibits, take photos with Cowboy Santa and create a holiday craft.

For details about the museum free day, call 970-350-9220 or visit greeleymuseums.com.


2019 Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treat

FOR RELEASE: Greeley, CO — Trick-or-treating returns to Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A St., on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, from 3 to 7 p.m., during the museum’s annual Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treat event.

Centennial Village Museum’s family-friendly event is an opportunity for families to wear their spookiest or silliest costumes and trick or treat at various structures on the 8-acre facility. In addition to trick-or-treating, there will be Halloween carnival games, a pumpkin patch, costume contest and a not-so-haunted house.

Admission is $3 per person, ages 3 and older. Children 2 and under are free. An adult must accompany children.

Sponsors for this year’s Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treat event are the Friends of the Greeley Museums, Ameritech Windows, Benchmark Dental of Greeley, Greeley Stampede, Mountain States International Black, Belt Academy and Smile Academy.

For more information, contact 970-350-9220 or visit GreeleyMuseums.com.


For more information contact:
Scott Chartier, Curator of Historic Sites
City of Greeley Museums