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History Brown Bag: Jewish Community of Atwood - September 27

Ida Handelman

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, September 27th, Greeley resident Naomi Johnson will present about the Jewish Community of Atwood that was located approximately 7 miles southwest of Sterling, Colorado along the Platte River in Logan County. However, in 1841 in its inception, it was part of Weld County.  

Atwood LandThe initial plan for the 1894 settling of the Atwood Colony, was to offer the "opportunity" for Jewish immigrants from Russia to come and farm the area and make their living there a success. The picture painted by the investment companies was of a fertile and prosperous area and was quite a departure from the dry and barren land they found when they arrived. Naomi Johnson will explain the plan and will give specific examples from testimonies left behind when the despondent settlers disbanded. 

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 remaining 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.

September 27             
Jewish Community of Atwood , Naomi Johnson

October 25                 
America’s Greatest Battle , Ron Edgerton

November 8               
Battlefields, Cemeteries and Monuments of WWI in Europe , Don Runnells (NEW addition to 2018 History Brown Bag series)

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

Release Date:
Sep 20, 2018

For more information, media representatives should contact:

Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department

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