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2018 Free History Brown Bag Series: A Post Pioneer’s Legacy


The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2018 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, noon to 1 p.m. On Thursday, June 28th, Dr. Kenneth Lee Jones will describe how George Houston’s enterprising and creative spirit built upon the social, economic and cultural environment painstakingly evolved by the 1870 Union Colony arrivals.  Houston’s legacy in irrigation/water conservation, farming, land development, education, politics and culture will be discussed.  George M. Houston rode atop a wagon from Otis, Co. in 1890 to become the first male enrollee at the new Greeley Normal School.  Two years later, again the only male in his class, he graduated from the present UNC. He then returned to Otis for a year of teaching before being drawn back to Nathan Meeker’s “city of dreamers and doers.” He remained here for the rest of his life: 1872-1968.  The presentation will be held in the Community Room at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The presentation is free, open to the public and no reservations are required.

Following are the many offers a part of the 2018 History Brown Bag series.  All remaining presentations will be held at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street, in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

June 28           
A Post Pioneer’s Legacy: George Houston, Early Greeley and Entertainment and Meeker’s Influence, Kenneth Jones

July 26                       
Young Chautauquans Perform, Young Chautauquans

August 23                   
Colorado’s Midcentury Schools, Angela Smelker

September 27             
Jewish Community of Atwood, Nomi Johnson

October 25                 
America’s Greatest Battle, Ron Edgerton

For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at or 350-9222.

Release Date:
Jun 21, 2018

For more information, media representatives should contact:

Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department

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