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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.

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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