Deaccessions

As the City of Greeley Museums continues to build and manage an impressive collection of valuable Weld County-related artifacts, items are sometimes identified that fall outside the City of Greeley Museums’ mission. In those instances, an item will be deaccessioned or permanently removed from the Museums’ collection. An item might be deaccessioned if it lacks a Weld County connection, is duplicative, has irreparable damage, or cannot practically be restored or used.

Before deaccessioning an item, museum staff follow Museum policy and Museum standard practices when assessing an item, and will always exercise thoughtfulness and care to respect the intent of the original donation.

Whenever possible, deaccessioned items are offered to other museums or cultural institutions.

As a representative of a museum or cultural institution interested in any of the deaccessioned or declined items listed below, we ask that you contact City of Greeley Museums Curator of Collections via email or by calling 970-350-9219.

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Greeley History Museum

In the Greeley Museums’ collections is an egg-shaped piece of stone that is reportedly over 966 years old. During the reign of Louis V who ruled 966-986, some women believed that having cool hands signaled a warm heart. If a lady was introduced to a man who kissed her hand, or the lady shook hands with a man, she held a chilled, egg-shaped glass stone in her hand, with the belief that a cold hand meant a warm heart. Shown from the Museums’ collections is a darning egg, similar in shape to the egg-shaped piece of stone. A darning egg was used by a lady of the house for a far less romantically inclined activity—mending a hole in her beloved’s socks! ... See MoreSee Less

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