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Courthouse Lunch and Learns kick off anniversary celebration

Posted on 05/24/2017
Centennial Celebration lectures

As part of the Weld County Courthouse centennial celebration, lunch and learn sessions will be held throughout the month of June to give residents a glimpse into the 100-year, rich history of the building. From the grand-opening celebration in 1917 to infamous crimes and ghost stories, the Weld County Courthouse offers countless tales of where we started and how we got here today.

Pack a lunch and join us at the courthouse every Friday in June at 12 p.m. as we explore different topics throughout the past century and tour the historical building. If you’d like to join us for a lunch and learn session, please call Karen Salaz at 970-475-2500 to reserve your spot. Spots are reserved for the first 150 people. Lunch and learns will be held at Courts West with the exception of the June 2 event, which will be held in Division 1 of the historic courthouse.

Lunch and learn schedule:

June 2 – Legacy of Weld County Government:

The building of Weld County Courthouse was likely Weld County's first debt-free project, although it wasn't without some controversy. Learn how this then state-of-the-art building was planned for and paid for with the hopes that it would provide a century of service for the residents of Weld County.

June 9 – A Walk through History with 19th Judicial District Chief Judge James Hartmann:

The Weld County Courthouse opened its door on July 4, 1917, with fanfare and celebrations. Now, nearly 100 years later, you can experience the history first-hand! Join 19th Judicial District Chief Judge James Hartmann on June 9 as he walks through the decades of the historic courthouse. Step back in time. See the classic architecture. Join the history!

June 16 – The Courthouse Block:

From courthouses and jails, to churches and commercial structures, several groups have occupied the Weld County Courthouse Block 65 in downtown Greeley from 1870 to present. Join us as we feature historical images, facts and anecdotes about the courthouses, jails, judges, county officials and other colorful citizens whose lives and legacies are associated with this particular spot in Weld County.

June 23 – Crimes & Criminals: A Weld County Story:

The man deserved it, so the Greeley townspeople would tell you. He was a thief. A bully. A murderer. He got what he deserved. So there he hanged, dressed in his suit, hair slicked back. It’s the story of W.D. French, Greeley’s first and only lynching victim. More crimes followed. More justice pursued. Join us June 23 when three generations of district attorneys take a look back on the crimes and criminals of Weld County.

June 30 – Ghost Stories and More with Journalist Mike Peters: Greeley Tribune reporter Mike Peters joins the courthouse centennial celebration to bring you Ghost Stories and More! A longtime journalist, Peters has spent decades tracking Weld County’s high-profile cases and bringing those stories to print. Join him June 30, as he reaches back in history to talk about his on-the-job experiences covering Weld County courts. And what’s history without a few ghost stories?

For more information, please contact: Karen Salaz, 970-475-2500.