*This information provided by the City of Greeley Museums is not financial, tax or legal advice. You should consult your financial advisors before making your charitable giving decisions.

Special Considerations

Contact us about restricting your bequest to the specific City of Greeley Museums program of your choice. We have many projects, both short-term and ongoing, at the Greeley Museums for which we seek support. We can tell you about all the available options today.

Planned Giving

If you are considering a bequest, be aware that other gift types – such as an outright donation of real estate, a charitable remainder trust, or a retained life estate arrangement involving a personal residence – may be suitable or preferable, taking into account your goals and needs.

Of course, arranging a gift for the City of Greeley Museums through some other element of an estate plan – e.g., including our organization as a beneficiary of a financial, retirement, or life insurance asset – is also an act of considerable generosity that many people can afford even if a large lifetime gift is not realistic.

Direct your confidential inquiries and notifications about legacy gifts to:

Dan Perry, Museums Manager
970-350-9218

Peggy Ford Waldo, Development Curator
970-350-9217

 

Loans & Donations

Interested in donating or loaning an item to the City of Greeley Museums? If you have an item that relates to Greeley, Weld County and/or Northeastern Colorado and potentially has historic relevance, please contact the Museum’s Registrar JoAnna Luth Stull at 970-350-9250. Appointments with the registrar must be made in advance for items to be considered. 

We accept artifacts that help tell a compelling story not covered by other artifacts in our collection. Artifacts must be in good condition. Books may be considered if they meet our mission and enhance our ability to research existing collections. Potential donations are assessed by the Greeley Museums’ Acquisitions Committee, comprised of museum staff and citizen board members.

To help expedite the donation process, please have the following ready: information about the original owner, names of people who used the item and when (circa dates), the artifact’s size and condition, and a current photograph of the item. Early photos of the item are helpful, but not required.

Items dropped off at any Greeley Museum site without being pre-arranged with the Registrar are considered abandoned property, subject to Colorado Statute (CRS 38-14). These items will likely have to be destroyed.

Moratorium on Acquisitions

The City of Greeley Museums has enacted a temporary moratorium for collections acquisitions. This is a large endeavor and necessary to provide proper care for items in our collection. The purpose of the City of Greeley Museums is to preserve and interpret the history of the Colorado high plains region with emphasis on the City of Greeley and Weld County. Over the years, the collections have grown to include items that fall outside of the City of Greeley Museums’ mission.

The purpose of the moratorium is to cull collections and refocus resources on items that meet the museum’s mission. Once complete, staff for the City of Greeley Museums will be able to better allocate facilities and resources for the security and preservation of all collection items falling within the museum’s mission.

Bequests and Legacy Gifts

You have the power to make a lasting impact on the City of Greeley Museums through a bequest or through other planned giving. Our hope is that you will let us know about your planned gift so we can recognize you accordingly. Please consider the City of Greeley Museums in your estate planning today.

A bequest is the most common type of planned gift, but it requires special language that must be included in a properly executed will or trust devised by your attorney. Our suggested language for an unrestricted bequest to the Greeley Museums is provided below. If you wish to restrict how the Greeley Museums uses your gift, that language may also be included; please contact us for an amendable gift agreement that documents your intent. Below is language that we suggest using in your estate planning document(s).

Suggested Bequest Language*
A bequest is the most common type of planned gift, but it requires special language that must be included in a properly executed will or trust devised by your attorney. Our suggested language for an unrestricted bequest to the Greeley Museums is provided below. If you wish to restrict how the Greeley Museums uses your gift, that language may also be included; please contact us for an amendable gift agreement that documents your intent. Below is language that we suggest using in your estate planning document(s).
Bequest of Specific Sum
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, $__[include amount here]__, for its general uses and purposes.”
Bequest of Specific Asset(s)
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley CO, __[list asset (s) and/or description(s) here]__, for its general uses and purposes.”
Percentage Bequest
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, ____% of the rest and residue of my estate, for its general uses and purposes.”
Residuary Bequest
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, the rest and residue of my estate, for its general uses and purposes.”
Contingent Bequest
“In the event that (name or names, i.e., spouse, children, sibling, heirs) shall not survive me, or shall die during the administration of my estate, within ___ days from the date of my death, or as a result of a common disaster, then I give, devise, and bequeath those beneficiaries’ shares of my estate to the Greeley Museums (tax identification number XXXXXXXXXX), a non-profit organization with its principal offices located in Greeley, CO, for its general uses and purposes.””

Do you remember anything about July 6 in the year you were 13 years old?
In her oral history, part of the Greeley History Museum’s collection, Charlotte Beeten recalls what she saw near her home in Johnstown on that day in 1924, when she was 13 years old :

“The meteorite fell on July 6, 1924, and I shall never forget that day. My sister had been visiting us from California and she was leaving for home that day. My father and I were putting her suitcases in the back of the car. We were out in the yard doing that. All of a sudden we heard this horrible, horrible roar and we looked up and saw this big ball of fire coming from the southwest. It looked as if it was going to land right in our front yard. My father said, “Run into the house!” By that time my mother and sister were running out of the house to see what was happening. So I never did get into the house. It finally landed right across the road from Village [?] Chapel and, of course, we saw the landing and we saw the smoke still coming from it. My father was the first one on the scene. When it was cooled and the smoke had subsided, he held the meteorite out of its resting place. […] It embedded itself about two feet into the ground.”

The 20-pound meteorite was given to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and its story has lived on in newspapers as recently as 2000. On July 6, whatever you’re doing, watch the sky - you never know what a day will bring!

Please note : Personal stories are a really important way of saving history. If you’re interested in helping us transcribe oral histories like this one, please call 970-350-9220.
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