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714 8th Street, Greeley, CO 80631

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Membership

Interested in meeting new people and supporting the Greeley Museums at the same time? Then become a member of the Friends of the Greeley Museums. Members help enhance and preserve the special heritage of Greeley and Weld County by raising funds for museum programming and development projects and by volunteering at the City of Greeley Museums.

The major fundraiser of the group is Potato Day, a living history festival in September that celebrates the agricultural heritage of the region. It features demonstrators at work, musical and dance entertainment, children’s activities, a bake sale, and baked potato bar.

Memberships may be purchased online or in person at the Greeley History Museum or at Centennial Village.

For details, call 970-616-0777.

Benefits

Members receive a 10% discount at museum stores, invitations to special members only events, a behind-the-scenes museum tour, exhibit sneak previews and entrance into the museums and is valid for 365 days from date of purchase.* Purchase a 2 year membership and receive a free, signed copy of the book “Weld County”!

*Membership admission not valid for special events. Some restrictions may apply.

Levels

  • $15 Student (with valid ID)
  • $35 Individual (age 18-59)
  • $30 Senior Individual (age 60+)
  • $40 Individual Plus One (ages 18-59)
  • $45 Family. Family membership is good for 2 adults and 2 children ages 17 and younger.
  • $100 Contributor. Contributor membership is good for 2 adults and 2 children ages 17 and younger, in addition to 4 guest passes.
  • Gifts. The Friends of the Greeley Museums accepts any monetary amount, historically or locally relevant items, buildings, land, and/or estate donations. Please note: The Friends of the Greeley Museums reserves the right to change membership prices at any time.

Not everyone in Weld County is directly involved with cattle, but everyone ought to know that the cattle industry has been BIG here since the earliest years of our history and has touched every aspect of life in our communities. Cattle ranching, breeding, feeding, buying and selling, shipping – could probably be called our “origin story”, the story of men who shaped our economy and way of life. What about the women, you ask? They have worked alongside the men every step of the way!

On February 17, 1955, women joined forces to form the Weld County Cow Belles. Their original bylaws called for them merely to “help the men’s organization” – the Weld County Livestock Association. By 1984, there were 80+ members independently engaged in educational and promotional activities for the beef industry. The Cow Belles also provided college scholarships, ran informational booths at the National Western Stock Show and the Weld County Farm Show, and through monthly meetings provided social support and education for its members.

In 1988, after 40 years of being known as the Colorado Cow Belles, the State chapter voted to change its name to Colorado Cattle Women, Inc. It was left to local chapters to follow suit or not. Can you imagine the discussion and debate? Some preferred the old name, some were tired of “cow belly” and “ding dong” jokes, some appreciated the more professional image of Cattle Women over Cow Belles. We don’t have a written record of the decision, but since the late 80s, the Cow Belles have been named the Weld County Cattle Women, working together to educate, promote, and protect the cattle industry.
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