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Dec 27, 2013 9:53 AM by Bethany Rhodes

Greeley museum trying to buy historical letters

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - The Greeley History Museum is asking for donations to buy more than 300 letters from colonists in 1869 who were interested in establishing what became Greeley.

Museum manager Dan Perry says the letters are part of an estate that is being settled and have to be appraised and sold within two months. Two fourth-generation Greeley residents went to the museum last week to offer to sell the letters valued at $15,685.

The museum says the letters can't be donated, and the museum is not allowed to buy artifacts with its budget, so they're asking for the public's help.

The letters were written in response to a call from Nathan Cook Meeker, Greeley's founder, who was trying to start a utopian agricultural community.

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