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community art Art around every corner. Back in 1998, when Greeley instituted a program designating one percent of new public construction project budgets for public art, it was one of the first in the state to do so. Nearly 20 years later, there are hundreds of pieces in the City’s collection. At the same time, though, the meaning of “public art” has become somewhat limiting. “We want to celebrate all that’s artistic in Greeley,” explains cultural affairs manager Jason Evenson, “not just what the City owns, but what everyone has done to improve our community through art.” And the way he and the City see it, that’s quite a bit. According to assistant city manager Becky Safarik, it’s more than just statues and murals. “It’s performing and visual arts,” she says. “It’s writing and design. The term ‘community arts’ better expresses what we’re really doing in Greeley: helping everyone expand their perception of what the arts can be.” There’s a practical aspect to it as well, says Evenson. A higher concentration of art and creativity increases property values. And it turns out that public spaces adorned with art tend not to get tagged with graffiti. But still, he says, it’s more than simply improving the community. “Making art is part of what makes us human. Which means a life without it is a life diminished.” ABOVE: Awareness by Artist Pete Niehoff Uptown Trees - 8th Avenue


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School District 6 Art Walk “March brings breezes, loud and shrill,” wrote the poet Sara Coleridge, “to stir the dancing daffodil.” Here in Greeley, it also brings Youth Art and Music in our Schools Month – that stirs the incredible talent seen in the annual School District 6 Art Walk. This year, hundreds of K-12 students from 25 area schools brought more than 900 works of art to 24 downtown Greeley locations. It started about six years ago, and, according to Evenson, it has “exploded” over the last couple of years, resulting in a self-guided walking tour of what he thinks is some pretty impressive Greeley student talent. “It’s a fabulous program,” says Evenson. “Artists of all ages and abilities are showcased – and the support of the teachers, the businesses, and the entire community is incredible.”

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Signature Events 2017 Hopefully you didn’t miss Blarney on the Block and Hip Hop Madness in March, the UNC/ Greeley Jazz Fest and Baby Animal Days in April, or the Cinco de Mayo celebration in May. But if you did, don’t worry, there’s more to come . . .

Friday Fests/Go-Cup Concert Series June-September Downtown Greeley First Friday Art Walk Monthly Downtown Greeley Summer Farmers’ Market Late-May - October Greeley’s Historic Union Pacific Depot UNC Events June-July Theater performances, outdoor concerts and more G.Town Tours April-October 6/15 Brews Cruise I 7/15 A Plot in Time: Greeley’s Community Gardens 8/8 Art Around Town 9/7 Brews Cruise II 10/25 Haunts & Underground Places Family Bike Nights June-September 6/13 Discovery Bay 7/11 Poudre Ponds 8/8 Homestead Park 9/12 Promontory Park Greeley Unexpected Launch Party June 2 Downtown Greeley Greeley Blues Jam June 9-10 Downtown Greeley & Island Grove Regional Park Greeley Stampede June 23-July 4 Island Grove Regional Park Greeley Garden Tour June 24

Neighborhood Nights July-August 7/7 Secret Life of Pets Bittersweet Park 7/14 The Good Dinosaur - Shown in Spanish - East Memorial Park 7/21 Back to the Future - Aims Community College 8/4 Jungle Book - Westmoor Park 8/11 Finding Dory - Island Grove Regional Park Nathan Meeker’s 200th Birthday Party July 15 Meeker Home Museum Party for the Poudre on the Plaza July 15 Downtown Greeley Greeley Arts Picnic July 28-30 9th Street Plaza & Downtown Lincoln Park

Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra Season September – April Potato Day September 9 Centennial Village Museum Agriculture Fest & Feast September 16 Zoe’s Event Center Civil War Weekend September 30-October 1 Centennial Village Museum UNC Community Fest September 23 University of Northern Colorado Oktobrewfest September 29-30 Downtown Lincoln Park

Weld County Fair July 22-July 31 Island Grove Regional Park

Howl-O-Ween Trick-or-Treat October 21-22 Centennial Village Museum

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Pets ’n’ Popsicles August 4-13 Centennial Village Museum Greeley Kennel Club Dog Show August 19-20 Island Grove Regional Park Monster Day August 26 Downtown Greeley Discovery Bay Doggie Day August 26 Discovery Bay Water Park Civic Center Season September-April Union Colony Civic Center – Downtown Greeley Find more events:

Greeley Lights the Night November 25 Downtown Greeley Winter Farmers’ Market November-April Zoe’s Cafe Festival of Trees November 24-December 2 Union Colony Civic Center Homesteader’s Holiday December 2 Centennial Village Museum Colorado Farm Show January 23-25, 2018 Island Grove Regional Park 9

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In the fall of 2013, 850 residents, teachers, business leaders, and government officials met at Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center to launch the G.Town Promise – a pledge to get the community behind more than 20,000 area students and to provide the help they need to become successful students and adults. It’s an innovative idea – so much so that, a year later, it gave rise to the Weld County Bright Futures program, an initiative spurred by the five-member Board of County Commissioners. The program funds up to $3,000 a year for four years to meet the postsecondary training needs of all Weld County high school graduates – whether they’re working toward an associate or a bachelor’s degree – or even a Commercial Driver’s License. It’s the only program like it in the state and possibly the entire country. What’s particularly exciting, says city manager Roy Otto, is that donors can write off a portion of their county property taxes, as well as become eligible for both state and federal income tax credits. “It’s a great program,” says Otto, “a win-win for everyone in our community. We’re excited to see the ideas behind the G.Town Promise benefit not only Greeley residents, but also the entire county. Weld County government deserves special thanks for their vision and commitment to all students.”

Achieving Community Excellence When the Greeley City Council launched the Achieving Community Excellence (ACE) initiative five years ago, the intent was to provide support toward improving the community’s civic infrastructure. But what does that mean in practice? “It’s a partnership,” explains Otto. “It’s businesses, educators, organizations, and Greeley city government working together to leverage each others’ resources and expertise instead of going it alone.” A key focus – and success – of ACE has been effective and sustainable workforce development. To date the program has recruited over 45 community partners including 41 businesses that have hosted over 260 high school summer interns. And it all started with the intentional nurturing of relationships between the City and its diverse businesses. Put simply, says Otto, “they’re the kind of connections that are critical in helping Greeley-area youth become successful, productive adults.” 11



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Greeley’s cultural hotspot. For a long time, Greeley’s live music scene was one of the best-kept secrets around. While people in the know were certainly aware of the University of Northern Colorado’s nationally renowned music program, the annual Jazz Festival, Blues Jam, and the Greeley Philharmonic, it wasn’t until four years ago, when the Moxi Theater opened downtown, that seemingly everyone began to understand what locals have known for years: music happens here. “I think it’s essential to have music as a part of Greeley’s reputation,” says Moxi owner Ely Corliss. “We should have a thriving music scene.” And we do – not only with regional and national acts, but also with local bands offering a “you heard it here first” experience: incredibly talented musicians at the beginning of their careers. That’s in part because of UNC’s program, which draws students from around the country. It ensures that whatever’s happening in the contemporary music scene is happening in Greeley. And venues like the Moxi offer a springboard – a space for musicians to explore and hone their skills. Case in point: The Burroughs, a Greeley-based band that plays crowd-friendly soul music in Colorado and beyond. A band whose credits include headlining historic Front Range venues and opening for the likes of the Steve Miller Band and 14

others, this nine-member group has a sound that gets crowds moving. “We decided to record our first full length album Sweaty Greeley Soul live at the Moxi Theater,” says band co-manager and saxophonist Briana Harris. “There is such a sense of pride for local music in Greeley, and we really wanted to celebrate this community on that project.” “Greeley’s on the map not just as a place for great music,” says Pam Bricker, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, “but also as a place where you can get some really special, intimate musical experiences.”

“A game-changer” When the Hilton Doubletree at Lincoln Park opens in September of 2017, says Bricker, it’s going to have a dramatic impact on Greeley. “We’re expecting a real surge in activity,” she says. “We’re getting ready for more visitors and more tourism. It’s a gamechanger for everyone downtown.” The fact that retailers, artists, chefs, and musicians – all of whom have made downtown Greeley a cultural hotspot – will see a benefit is only part of the story. “It’s not just the concert or the gallery opening or the meal,” says Bricker, “it’s the experience. It’s all the pieces that come together to make your downtown visit memorable. And this is going to make it possible for a lot more people to experience Greeley in ways they never could before.”

“Go-Cup” Friday Fest Concerts Enjoy free live music every Friday night on Greeley’s 9th Street plaza June through October where you can take your adult beverage on the plaza and from one venue to another. Greeley’s Go-Cup events were the first and are the best in Colorado! All ages welcome.

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A unique experience, a lasting impact. “The creative field is ginormous,” says assistant city manager Becky Safarik. “It’s artists and writers and performers and inventors. It’s people who make cakes, cartoons, compose music, and so much more. And it’s all represented right here in Greeley.” The sheer amount of talent – including nationally and internationally recognized “Creatives” – helps explain why Greeley was among the first communities to receive Creative District designation from the State of Colorado in 2012, one of only 12 at the time. But the how? That’s where it gets really interesting. “It’s the breadth and depth of that talent,” explains Safarik. “It’s our roots in Greeley’s original establishment as well as our agricultural heritage. It’s UNC’s national reputation as an outstanding performing and visual arts college, which spawns new talent. It’s the contributions of our immigrant neighbors.” And when you put it all together, she adds, it amounts to an extraordinarily rich cultural experience. One of the goals of Greeley’s Creative District is to promote both the area itself and the many creative outlets and individuals it supports – and to serve as an incubator for further growth. “The creative industry is an entire economic class,” Safarik says. “Combining the quality of life a creative community represents with the revenue it generates…this is an important development driver for the city.”

How much of a driver? The numbers bear it out. In 2016, more than 700,000 people participated in Creative District activities, which translated to more than $22.7 million in revenue. Greeley has a creative culture that’s making a measurable difference in the economy and in the appeal of the community.

Agriculture Fest and Feast Since its inception, Greeley’s been an Ag community. And that history feeds right into the city’s creative identity. “Agriculture is a part of – and a complement to – the creative industry in Greeley,” says Pam Bricker, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. “After all,” she explains, “much of what happens in the development of agricultural technology requires pretty creative solutions.” There’s also something of a paradox at work. There’s a certain humility that goes along with being tied to the earth, yet it’s a vastly more sophisticated business than most people realize. Hence the annual AgriCulture Fest and Feast: a celebration of Weld County’s bounty and the chefs who whip it all up into a multi-course dinner – and a way for people to better understand how food moves from farm to fork. In its first year, The AgriCulture Fest & Feast won the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. “That’s Greeley,” says Bricker. “That’s who we are.”


Poudre Learning Center A sense of wonder, a sense of place. When the Poudre Learning Center opened in 2005, even executive director Ray Tschillard was surprised when 6,000 people had visited by the end the year. These days, that number’s well over 20,000. “All of our attendance figures are up,” he says. “More drop-in traffic, more repeat visits, more requests from larger groups.” And it’s not just locals, either. People are coming from all over the country. What’s the attraction? Three miles of trails on 65 acres of short-grass prairie along the historic Poudre River, a waterway that’s been integral to the region’s economy since the mid-1800s – and its way of life for centuries. While Tschillard has always viewed the center as a collection of “outdoor classrooms,” that definition is about to get a little broader with the addition of the new InSTEM Station on the Prairie in September. Interactive displays, historical information, and a wet lab will enable learning to continue in inclement weather when the 7,000-square-foot building is completed in September of 2017.


“InSTEM” stands for “Inspired by Nature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).” The new facility will not only enable the center to provide water and natural resource educational opportunities, but also help inspire visitors to continue to preserve and protect the Cache la Poudre River – for generations to come. Pulse of the Poudre Chuckwagon Ever wish you could explore the roots of Greeley’s history through the eyes of a chuckwagon “Cookie”? Learn how to rope a steer? Enjoy traditional prairie meals – including “whistle berries” (AKA cowboy beans)? Every Wednesday evening during July and August, Pulse of the Poudre offers all of the above – as well as music by Vic Anderson, internationalchampion yodeler and whistler with authentic old west cowboy music. Dinner is served by local 4-H members who are raising money for a Washington, D.C. trip. “It’ll be fun for the whole family,” promises Tschillard.

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GREELEY’S CRAFT BREWING SCENE Half science. Half creativity. All delicious. Forty-two craft breweries opened in Colorado in 2016, bringing the state’s total past 300. That’s 10 percent of all craft breweries in the United States – in a state that holds only two percent of the country’s population. So what gives?

“Colorado beers tend to be more creative,” explains Neil Fisher, co-owner of Greeley’s award-winning WeldWerks Brewing Company. “They take the best from multiple styles and regions. Which means the sky’s the limit around here.” And smaller breweries like his, and others in Greeley, can afford to be even more experimental. A quick glance at the varied offerings by all five of Greeley’s breweries confirms this assessment. Wiley Roots makes a farmhouse saison brewed with Japanese sudachi fruit. Crabtree Brewing offers a Cherry Orchard Ale with a number of tasty flavorings – including rum-soaked oak and sour cherries from the brewery’s very own beer garden orchard. Broken Plow brews their “Signature Chili Wheat,” while Brix Taphouse produces a barrel-aged wheat wine. As for WeldWerks, they throw “a ridiculous amount of pineapple and coconut” into their Fruity Bits Piña Colada, a New England IPA. And it seems Greeley residents fully support this mad-scientist approach to brewing. “We’ve increased production 800 percent since we opened two years ago,” said Fisher, “and we’re still having a hard time keeping up with demand.” Greeley’s craft beer scene is, in a word, hoppin’. And people have taken notice. 22

CRABTREE Crabtree Brewing is Greeley’s first production brewery and the eldest among Greeley’s craft beer makers. Crabtree helped pave the way for craft brewing in the city and has been brewing strong for 10-plus years winning 32 medals along the way. Their tap room experience, in the southwest part of town, includes the 462 Beer Club, a weekly game night, spacious outdoor beer garden, cornhole and board games, and specialty beers such as the Berliner Weisse, Dearfield Strawberry Ale, Peach Habanero and the Chunkin Pumpkin seasonal.

WILEY ROOTS Wiley Roots Brewing was established in 2013 as one of Greeley’s artisan craft breweries intent on creating unique beer while using as many local ingredients as possible. You’ll find an inviting and comfortable taproom located on the east side of Greeley’s downtown, nestled in a rustic modern-industrial setting. Wiley Roots has become well-known and popular for their weekly events, award winning beers, and an innovative take on farmhouse saisons and barrel aged sour beer program.

BROKEN PLOW Built on 30 years of farming, growing, and home brewing experience, Broken Plow Brewery opened its doors in 2013. The tasting room décor and the names of their beers, such as Prairie Pale Ale, Dust Devil IPA and Deja Moo Oatmeal Milk Stout are grounded in those farming roots. Always seeking to improve their taproom experience, a 2017 expansion included the addition of a full kitchen and a woodfired pizza oven, as well as a party room for up to 50 people. It’s a west Greeley music destination with live music 4 nights a week.

BRIX Brix Taphouse & Brewery, located in the heart of downtown Greeley on the 8th Street plaza, features 60 rotating craft beers on tap, all of which are made in Colorado. Plus, a selection of original Brix in-house brews. Brix also features food options and daily specials, ongoing action like Brushes & Brews and The Brix Factor, not to mention special events and a line-up up of local musicians.

WELDWERKS WeldWerks Brewing celebrated their 2nd anniversary in early 2017 and already have a number of awards and recognitions under their belts. Inside the taproom there’s a mix of industrial and rustic décor to go along with an ever-evolving list of beers including their Juicy Bits, Hefeweizen, Puesta del Sol, plus sours and achromatics. WeldWerks is also home to numerous events and release parties.


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COLORADO MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM Education. Inspiration. Joy. When Dave Trussell opened the Greeley Freight Station Museum in 2009, he knew his hand-built HO scale model railroad was something special. What he didn’t know was that he’d created the largest model railroad of its kind in the world. And that Jim Hediger, senior editor of Model Railroader magazine, would call it the finest he’d ever seen. And that, eight years later, “a high-tech immersive experience” would be a far more accurate description of what’s now called the Colorado Model Railroad Museum. But more than anything – as executive director Michelle Kempema likes to point out – the museum is designed to be fun. “It’s right there in our mission,” she explains. “Educate, inspire, and bring joy. It’s what guides our actions and activities.” Kempema and her team have been busy creating new educational exhibits, including one on women in railroading and another on the history of local railroad lines. They’re preserving the story of Denver’s Caboose Hobbies – the world’s largest model train store when it closed its doors in 2016 – through a display featuring model railroad products of the past. A future exhibit will focus on the use of modern technology in model railroading. And that immersive experience, says Kempema, affects each visitor 26

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in a joyful way. “It’s on the face of the young girl absorbed in the miniature world; in the smile of the 90-year-old man who remembers his first train ride. And, of course, it’s a big part of the shared enthusiasm of all fans of model railroading.”

Powered by S.T.E.A.M. Visitors of all ages can find inspiration at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum. Sometimes it’s the scenery and the miniature world; sometimes it’s the mechanics and science. Sometimes it’s simply the trains themselves. In fact, the museum sees model railroading not as a glance back at the past, but as an avenue for human creativity. “It’s what we call the S.T.E.A.M. experience,” explains Kempema. “Science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We combine all these aspects of innovation and creativity into a canvas of scenery, miniatures, and performance art.” After all, she says, everything at the museum was touched by an artist’s hand.

Daily Dino Hunt Kids of all ages can win daily prizes for finding the toy dinosaurs hidden among the many features in the exhibit.

Annual Events Harry Potter Themed Day (1st Saturday in January) Girls Love Trains Too (February) Burlington Northern Days (2nd weekend in March) Extreme Trains Weekend (April) Union Pacific Days (2nd weekend in May) Dinosaur Days (June) Star Wars Themed Day (July) Steam Train Days (August) Agriculture Days (September) Rio Grande Days (1st weekend in October) Holiday Festival of Trains (December) 27

BUILT FOR Greeley “Our buildings become community landmarks not because of their architecture but because community members had a hand in their design and construction. Buildings become landmarks when someone you know says, ‘I helped build this.’”

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Greeley Redevelopment Activity at All-time High New Initiatives Launched. By mid-2017, two major projects will be completed downtown and two more will be well underway. The first wave of development includes the new Fire Station #1 and Headquarters and the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. Following close behind is Phase I of the new City Center municipal complex and UNC’s Campus Commons project. How did so much happen so quickly, you might even say somewhat unexpectedly? Much of this activity is tied directly to Greeley’s overall positive economic momentum and specifically the development resurgence seen east of 23rd Avenue. In the industrial sector, Leprino Foods has launched a third phase of their cheese production facility, while new retail outlets, bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, clubs and performance venues are popping up throughout the area. Population growth occurring simultaneously with this redevelopment offered timely opportunities for city government to keep pace with improved facilities as well. And the availability of the City’s surplus property presents great spin-off opportunities for redevelopment and private sector growth.

City Campus Consolidation Customer service - noticeable improvements for residents and others with the consolidation of services from 5 dispersed buildings into a 2 block campus Modern technology, security and work-space proximity - improved employee interaction and efficiency

Cost effectiveness – improved building safety and public access makes costly upgrades to older municipal buildings unnecessary Redevelopment opportunities - consolidation frees up downtown real estate

The Details City Center Phase I 11th Avenue & 11th Street • Ground Breaking - March 31, 2017 • Completion - Fall 2018 Services: • Municipal Court • Information Technology Department • Council Chambers • GTV8 studio • Water and Sewer Department offices Fire Station #1 & Headquarters 10th Avenue & 12th Street • Ground Breaking - September 22, 2016 • Completion – Summer 2018 Features • Fire Administrative offices • Multi-purpose meeting/training rooms • Emergency Operations Center • 4 bays for fire engines and equipment • Dive Rescue response team equipment • Living quarters for 9 firefighters per shift


coming soon SEPTEMBER 1st, 2017

Nathan Meeker was the visionary for a new sustainable agricultural community. Meeker’s Colorado Kitchen & Bar will honor that history by going back to the root of food with a locally sourced menu of farmstead products that come together in a premier urban dining experience. Meeker’s Colorado Kitchen & Bar is located in downtown Greeley – across from historic Lincoln Park, up the block on 7th Street from the Union Colony Civic Center (Greeley’s 1686seat performing and visual arts center), right in the heart of Greeley’s Creative District and just steps away from a wide variety of downtown shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.



The 150 seat restaurant and bar includes a private dining room that hosts 12 and an expansive park side patio that seats 64.

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When Fleurette King, UNC’s Assistant Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, says that individual experiences are valuable to education, she really means it. “One-third of our students are first-generation,” she says, “half of them work, and a number of them go home every weekend to be with their families. Their perspectives – how they see the world – are important to all of us.” King, whose department is under the university’s new Campus Community and Climate Division, oversees four cultural and three resource centers. Asian/Pacific American Student Services, the César Chávez Cultural Center, the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center, and the Native American Student Service Center comprise the former; the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Veteran Services, and the Women’s Resource Center make up the latter. Together, they share four major focuses: education and training; advocacy (whether policy, institutional, or personal), leadership development, and community–building. Their work contributes to UNC’s retention & matriculation efforts. They share a desire to raise consciousness and awareness among the larger student population – through a number of crosscultural events, activities, and initiatives that remove barriers to success and create opportunities for greater understanding. It’s an affirming approach that King believes is helping the seven centers gel. “Our slogan is ‘Seven Strong,’” she says, “because here at UNC we support all students, and want to acknowledge the unique experiences and perspectives of those who are underrepresented or marginalized.” 32

A University for All “Student success,” says Patricia Escobar, Director of the Chávez Center, “is at the heart of why any cultural center exists on a college campus.” And collaboration is a key ingredient when it comes to helping UNC students succeed academically, personally, and, after graduation, professionally. Yvette Lucero-Nguyen, Director of the Women’s Resource Center, uses the term “intersectionality” – the natural connection between the programs and the people they serve. “We’re all here to provide a pathway to resources,” agrees Dan Turnbeaugh, Director of Veteran Services, “because we don’t just exist within these individual groups.” The common denominator? The empowerment that comes from access to educational opportunities. And a shared connection – for everyone – to the entire UNC community.

University of Northern Colorado Cultural and Resource Centers Veterans Services Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Women’s Resource Center/Stryker Marcus Garvey Cultural Center César Chávez Cultural Center Asian/Pacific American Student Services asian-pacific-american-student-services Native American Student Services Campus Community and Climate 33

Discover Greeley’s Museums Colorado Model Railroad Museum 680 10th Street – The CMRM was featured in year three of the Greeley Unexpected campaign, and for good reason. Visitors from 45 different countries have toured the museum to see how hundreds of volunteers created this mind boggling miniature world that’s easily the largest and best of its kind in the world. The layout enables visitors to stroll through this three dimensional creation while the railroad is in operation. One of the most fun activities is searching for the hidden dinosaurs among the mountain and town scenery that includes numerous buildings and rivers, railcars, engines and an impressive 28,000 trees.

Greeley History Museum 714 8th Street Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves northeastern Colorado’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, research and collections. Experience the museum’s ongoing exhibit, “Utopia: Adaption of the Plains,” and learn about some of Northern Colorado’s most famous residents. See “Rattlesnake” Kate Slaughterback’s famous snakeskin dress then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which feature different exhibits throughout the year. Numerous artifacts, photographs and handson opportunities create a meaningful and fun visitor experience.

Centennial Village Museum 1475 A Street Centennial Village Museum . . . where the past comes to life! Step back in time and learn about the early pioneer settling of the western high plains, a time when grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life. This open air museum features over 35 historic buildings, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Living history demonstrations change throughout the season and include historic printing, blacksmithing, rope-making, chuckwagon-style cooking, and more. In addition to tours led by interpreters in period clothing, Centennial Village boasts several annual special events. Visit Centennial Village Museum to explore, learn and participate in the past.

Meeker Home Museum 1324 9th Avenue Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this unique two-story adobe brick home was originally built in 1870 for Greeley’s founding family, Nathan Cook Meeker and his immediate family. This restored residence contains cherished artifacts including furnishings used by the Meekers. Guided tours are available by appointment throughout the year. Visitors can also walk the grounds of the museum, where interpretive panels portray historical facts, maps and images about the town’s history, Greeley’s namesake Horace Greeley, and the Meekers.





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