The story of water in the American West has focused almost exclusively on irrigation. Then as now, farmers and ranchers utilized the largest shares of this precious resource, providing food and fiber for a region that has faced shortages of water on many an occasion. For the original Union Colony and its descendants, that story also included the acquisition and distribution of water for community members. Dr. Michael Welsh presents on “The Magic Touch of Water.” This presentation seeks to understand Greeley’s awareness that urban and rural water uses need to be balanced, so that generations to come will find what the first settlers knew as the “magic touch of water.”
History Brown Bags are free afternoon events that aim to provide cultural and historical context to topics related to Historic Preservation in and around Greeley. Unless otherwise noted, presentations are held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St. For more information about the Historic Preservation program, visit GreeleyGov.com/ HP or call 970-350-9222.