City Plans Birthday Celebration for Founder of Greeley
The City of Greeley Museums will host its annual Happy Birthday Mr. Meeker free community celebration at the Meeker Home Museum on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities at museum (1324 9th Ave.) include brief tours through the museum, old fashioned lawn games, refreshments and cake.
The home was built in 1870 for Meeker and his family, and is a unique adobe two-story structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1929, Greeley residents organized and purchased the home to be Greeley’s first official museum and today it’s one of three city museums open to the public.
About Nathan Meeker
Nathan C. Meeker is Greeley’s founder. He made this statement to the townspeople on December 7, 1870:
Now, while we are daily exploring the prairies, mountains and streams and even bringing up the buried treasures of the ages from the ground beneath us, we hope that our people will bear in mind the fact that we are organizing a museum for the benefit of the whole colony and whenever anything appropriate may be found, let it be placed among our common treasures and we will soon have a collection that will be both instructive and entertaining.
Meeker was born on July 12, 1817 in Euclid, Ohio. If he were alive today, this year would have marked his 201st birthday.