Preserving Our Heritage through Donations
I want to give my valuable heirlooms to the museums. What do you take?
Greeley Museums Donations and Collections Policy
Thank you! We are so glad you thought of us. The City of Greeley Museums relies on generous donations from people like you to enhance its collections.
How do I go about donating an item to the Museums’ collection?
Items must meet the following criteria in order to be accepted for the collection:
Objects must have a solid connection to the Greeley and/or Weld County area. It is preferred that objects have an interesting story to tell about Greeley residents, places and events.
In general we collect from 1870 to the present, but will consider older items if it contributes to telling the story of human occupation in Weld County.
Items must be in good condition. The Museums do not have the resources to repair or conserve new items coming in to the collection.
Books may be accepted if they meet our mission, enhance our ability to research existing collections, relate to the history of Colorado.
Items that do not meet our mission may be accepted for our education collection. These are items that can be handled and are expected to be used to teach future generations, yet may be impacted by use.
Duplicate items will only be accepted if the new item provides a more interesting story or if existing items are in poor condition.
Objects must be approved by the Acquisitions Committee in order to be accepted as a donation to the collection.
Where will my donated item be exhibited?
The Museums have four museum sites where items may be exhibited: Greeley History Museum, Centennial Village Museum, Plumb Farm and the Meeker Home. The items on display at all four sites are determined by the Exhibits Curator. The Museums cannot guarantee when or where specific items will be exhibited.
Please contact Nancy Lynch, Exhibits Curator, at (970) 336-4184 to present your exhibition idea.
How much is my item worth? Can you fix it for me?
Museum staff cannot provide appraisal information to you for ethical and legal reasons. To find an appraiser near you, try contacting one of the following organizations:
American Society of Appraisers (703) 478-2228 www.appraisers.org
Appraisers Association of America (213) 889-5404 www.appraiserassoc.org
International Society of Appraisers (206) 241-0359 www.isa-appraisers.org
The Museum staff cannot give you advice about the proper care and storage of your item, nor are we qualified to repair or treat your item. Conservators are trained specialists who are hired by museums and the public to properly repair items while retaining their historic integrity.
Do the Museums purchase objects?
We rarely have funds to purchase items for the collection, so we rely mostly on donated material. You are welcome to submit an inquiry to the Museums about purchasing your object. The inquiry should be sent in letter format, and must include an image of the object, the asking price, a detailed description including condition, and provenance information.
Will the Museums take my object on loan if I don’t want to donate it?
Many institutions and individuals have generously loaned their items to the Museums. However, with rare exceptions, the Museum does not accept loaned items for reasons other than immediate exhibition purposes.
For More Information:
JoAnna Luth Stull, Museum Registrar, 970-350-9250 or 970-350-9220