The Friends of the Greeley Museums and the City of Greeley Museums are preparing a book on Weld County’s history to be released in 2011, the 150th anniversary of Weld County. The comprehensive illustrated book will be titled Weld County Towns: The First 150 Years.
Nancy Lynch, exhibits curator for the Greeley Museums, and a team of museum historians are researching the community histories and selecting images for the book. Lynch curated the current exhibit, “Ghost Towns and Boom Towns: Weld County 1859-Today,” which is installed in the Greeley History Museum. The exhibit, two years in the making, is the basis for the new book.
According to Don Wiegel, president of the Friends of the Greeley Museums, the book will give a fresh perspective on the county’s unique history. The “coffee table” book will contain hundreds of photographs, illustrations, maps and other images, many of which have never before been in print. Numerous images will be reproduced in full color. Included in the book will be capsule histories of the dozens of communities in current Weld County, as well as the original county, which covered the territory of eight modern counties–the entire corner of northeast Colorado.
Weld County Towns: The First 150 Years will be a “landmark publication,” Wiegel stated, that will be fun to read and peruse, yet will accurately record the story of Weld County’s history. “We will present a fascinating narrative about the intriguing and influential people and businesses which have made Weld County what it is today. It will also chronicle the communities and events that have shaped the evolution of the county,” Wiegel said.
A unique part of the book is the “Sharing the Heritage” section which will include the histories of many of the county’s leading businesses and organizations. Participation in this section is being offered by invitation to Weld County companies which have played a role in the development and economic strength of the county. This section is separate from the main community histories and is being written by free-lance writers. For information on how your business or organization can participate in “Sharing the Heritage,” contact Curtis Courtney at 970-336-4185.
Weld County Towns is being produced using the services of Historical Publishing Network which has published a series of community histories. The finished book will sell for $39.95 at the museum stores and area book stores. It is a major fundraising project for the Friends of the Greeley Museums to help provide funds for preservation projects within the museums.
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