OPED: The signs are here, the signs are here!

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MEEKER | Fifteen beautiful signs that tell the story of the Milk Creek Battle have finally arrived at the Historical Society and will be on display at the April 14 quarterly meeting. The Society invites the community to come enjoy a preview and learn a bit about the story the signs tell.

The finished product represents several years work by many volunteers and financial contributors. It was always my father-in-law Joe Sullivan’s dream that visitors at the Milk Creek site could get a sense of the history which occurred just outside of Meeker with the aid of appropriate signage. (Joe passed away in 2018.)

Being on the side lines of this project for several years, I can assure you that every step was far more complex than anyone expected. Outside signs in public places must endure harsh weather, be large enough to read, and last many years. Finding the perfect sign manufacturing vendor was one huge step.

Parsing the story into 15 parts, succinct, historically accurate, and reflecting various points of view was likewise time consuming. The Ute Indians were consulted for their input on the text. Many writers and editors have reviewed the copy over many years. Obtaining rights for the photos was also challenging, especially acquiring digital images that could be enlarged and reproduced.

Not to be overlooked is the graphic design that make these signs just pop. I was blown away by the power and beauty of these works of art created by Caitlin Walker when I got to see one last week.

Everyone who contributed to this project should be incredibly proud. These signs will be a permanent part of Meeker history when they get installed on site this summer. Joe Sullivan would have said, “Your buttons should be popping off your shirt with pride.”

So, come on down at 2 p.m. April 14 and enjoy a chat with the Historical Society folks, learn about their many projects, enjoy an early look at the beautiful Milk Creek signs, and bring a contribution to the potluck. Everyone is welcome.

By Kaye Sullivan | Special to the Herald Times