Greetings museum enthusiasts! Thank you for taking a moment to see what we are up to here at the City of Greeley Museums! As Assistant Curator of Education, I spend a great deal of my time teaching people, mostly youth, about our local and regional history. It is a wonderful way to live life and I couldn't be happier! But I have recently taken on another "job" with the museums that has opened up a whole new world of experiences and requires a very different skill set than that of my current position. I, along with my husband Dave and our dog Buckley, have become caretakers of Centennial Village Museum.
What does a caretaker do? That was my first question too! As caretakers, we live on site in the train depot. Every evening, we walk the grounds to make sure all buildings are secure. We also respond to any alarms that are set off when the museum is closed and help facilitate special events at Centennial Village during non-business hours.
We have been on the job nearly a month and what a month it's been! We've experienced strange lights flickering in the Shaw House at night, we've had Greeley PD pay a visit with their canine unit at 1:30 in the morning after an alarm was triggered on grounds, we've seen many different species of birds, including a white-crowned sparrow (add a new species to my life list!). In addition, we've observed dozens of snakes, bats, squirrels, rabbits, and a wide variety of insect species each of which is abundant on the museum grounds. Not to mention enjoying our 7 acre "backyard" that is beautifully landscaped with a variety of shrubs, trees, and flowers.
The most exciting thing we have experienced so far, I would have to say, was seeing a swarm of bees on the Centennial Village grounds. One evening, as we were beginning our walk through, I saw a blue jay in the underbrush of some pine trees on the East side of the Depot. As it foraged for seeds, I followed the blue jay around to the other side of the trees to observe it for just a little bit longer. After it flew away, I rose from my crouched position, very pleased to have spent some time with such a beautiful creature. I was unprepared, however, for the beautiful spectacle awaiting me at eye-level; a very large swarm of bees (see picture)! I screeched for Dave to come back and take a look. We hoped they would build a hive and that Centennial Village would become home to an important species that has recently been in sharp decline. We both took some photos, being careful not to disturb them, and continued our walk. The next morning, the bees had moved on. Regardless of where they eventually make their home, it was thrilling and reassuring to know that the bees are making a comeback in our region and to see it firsthand.
So, to sum up, being a caretaker for a museum like Centennial Village is beyond my wildest dreams! And the best part; knowing that we help take care of something so important and integral to our community and the preservation of its history.
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