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Spirits of Greeley, Colorado’s Past at Centennial Village, August 16

Noel V. Hayes, Jr.Teresa Brunner, museum tour guide stands near one of the beautiful Victorian garden areas. The depot can be seen in the background. The depot, originally located at Burns, Wyo., represents the railroad's contribution to the rapid settlement of the West and Union Colony.

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The step back into history will become more lively at Centennial Village during the 6th annual “Spirits of Greeley’s Past” on Sunday afternoon, August 16, when former inhabitants of some of the historic structures come forward. The performance sponsored by the City of Greeley Museums will take place from 1-3 p.m., with gates opening at noon for picnicking.

Costumed actors with the Silent City Theater Troupe will portray memorable people from Greeley’s early days. The featured spirits this year are Warren Monfort, cattle industry innovator; Psyche Boyd, Union Colony pioneer at age two and early female photographer; actress Mary Kornman, star of the “Our Gang” movies; Ynez Lopez, first president of Greeley’s Spanish Colony; Union Colony pioneers Leroy and Martha Carpenter; and banker/businessman J.M.B. Petriken.

In past years the event has been held at Linn Grove Cemetery near the graves of the featured folks, but having the presentation at Centennial Village connects several characters to the structures associated with them. Warren Monfort performs in the Monfort House; Martha and Leroy Carpenter will be under a canopy near the 1872 Carpenter House; Ynez Lopez will be near the scale model of the Spanish Colony located in the Hispanic Heritage House; and Mr. Petriken will be close to the 1907 fountain in Hanna Square that he donated to the city in memory of his wife.

Each Spirit does about a 10-minute in-character monologue and then takes questions from the audience for a few minutes. The Spirits remain in place, but the audience groups will rotate from Spirit to Spirit with their very own Spirit Guide. This year the Carpenters are two new Spirits, and their “script” is based on a new book called “Love in an Envelope” that details their courtship and life in early Greeley.

Advance tickets are on sale now at the Greeley History Museum and Selma’s Store at Centennial Village during regular visiting hours. Adult tickets are $12; children’s tickets are $5 for ages three to 11. At the performance tickets will be $15 and $8.

After the performances, free ice cream will be served under the Hanna Square Pavilion. All locations are ADA-accessible, and the buildings hosting a performer are air-conditioned. For more information, please call (350) 9220 or visit http://www.GreeleyMuseums.com.

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