On Wednesday, January 18, the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St., opens its newest exhibit, Made for the Tourist Trade.
Made for the Tourist Trade is a joint-effort exhibition between the City of Greeley Museums and the University of Northern Colorado Anthropology Department, featuring pottery originally donated to the university museum. The university museum closed in 1983 with much of its collection sent to other institutions.
In 2015, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center returned a collection of Southwest Native American pottery, much of which will be on display for this exhibit.
According to Nicole Famiglietti, Greeley History Museum exhibits curator, the pieces on display represent multiple Native American potters earning new incomes by selling “westernized” pieces to new tourists traveling to the Southwest after the expansion of the railroad lines. The exhibition also tells the story of the founding of the UNC Anthropology Museum, its sudden closure in the 1980s, the dispersal of the collection, and the return of some of its artifacts.
Almost all of the pieces originate from 1896 to 1906.
The museum’s west gallery will hold this exhibition until December 18, 2017. Next month, the museum open
s another new exhibit, Digging Deeper: An Archeological Discovery, in the museum’s east gallery.
The Greeley History Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission for a family of five is $15.
For more information, visit GreeleyMuseums.com or call 970-350-9220.