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Learn About Historic Dearfield on June 10


Colorado's largest Black homesteading settlement will be the topic of a presentation 4-6 p.m. June 10 at Hensel Phelps Theatre, 701 10th Avenue.

The event takes place as the former town of Dearfield 25 miles east of Greeley is under consideration as a National Historic Site.

University of Northern Colorado faculty George Junne, Ph.D., and Robert Brunswig, Ph.D., will share updates and answer questions. They've spent decades researching Dearfield and advocating for its preservation.

Attendees will be the first to see a recently acquired Dearfield artifact of statewide significance. 

“Dearfield reminds us of America's complicated history of race and the pursuit of equality,” said Greeley Museums Manager Chris Bowles, Ph.D. “We look forward to working with the National Park Service and the Black American West Museum as they explore the future of Dearfield as a National Historic Site.”

Event Tickets

Buy tickets at Regular Greeley History Museum admission applies. Friends of the Greeley Museums receive free admission. Learn more at

The presentation is part of the Greeley History Museums’ “Museums at Twilight" series.



Photo: Established in 1910 by Oliver Toussaint (O.T.) Jackson, Dearfield was the largest Black homesteading settlement in Colorado. In 1918, Dearfield homesteaders harvested crops netting them more than $50,000. In this photo, Jackson is in the field with Booker T. Washington II and his family during their visit to Dearfield. Photographer unknown; from Weld County Images Collection, High Plains Library District, C1_3015.0001.2D, City of Greeley Museums, Permanent Collection

Release Date:
May 19, 2023

Chris Bowles, Museums Manager


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