FOR RELEASE: Nathan Cook Meeker—the man credited with Greeley’s founding—was born on July 12, 1817 in Euclid, Ohio. If he were alive today, this year would have marked his 200th birthday.
To celebrate, the City of Greeley Museums, with a little help from the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Summer Food Service Program, are putting together a free community celebration of historic note.
“Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker” is scheduled for Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 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 school district’s Kids Eat Free Summer Food Service Program will serve free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children ages 1 to 18 years of age, with adult lunches available for just $3.25. Lunches include a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and chocolate milk.
Meeker’s home was built in 1870 and is a unique adobe two-story home 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 Meeker family and other items from late 19th Century Weld County homes can be viewed inside the museum. The museum’s lawn is part of the city’s public park system and includes interpretive panels that show some of Greeley’s history.
To learn more about the summer food service program, visit GreeleySchools.org/KidsEatFree.
For more information about the Meeker Home Museum event and other City of Greeley Museums events, visit GreeleyMuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.
For museum information, contact:
Sarah Lester, Museum Educator
For summer food program information, contact:
Kara Sample, RDN, SNS, Nutrition Services Assistant Director