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About the Staff Bloggers

Kellen Cutsforth
Mr. Cutsforth is an Assistant Archivist in Western History and Genealogy on Level 6. He has worked in other museums and archives (Colorado Fuel and Iron Archive, etc...). He works with all the incoming material so he knows the collection as well as anyone. He works with everyone from staff to out-of-state researchers and answers many types of inquiries. Mr. Cutsforth also helps to process collections, do presentations and displays. He is a member of the Denver Posse of the Westerners and enjoys mainly Old West (gun fighters, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, etc.) and Agricultural histories. He loves working in Western History and Genealogy and really enjoys everyone there.

Roger Dudley
Roger is a Denver native who graduated from West Denver High School, Mesa College, and the University of Northern Colorado. After working in video production for most of his adult life he was severed from his job and went back to school to get a masters degree in library science. Hired as an archivist before graduating, he discovered that he had been a librarian all his life - he just didn't know it! Roger loves working as an archivist and on the WHG reference desk, with great expertise in Denver television history.

Erin Edwards
Erin Edwards a reference librarian/archivist. She enjoys working with people and places in the Denver area and helping them find a good home for their most prized papers and possessions. When she's not at the library, she enjoys spending time with her own most prized possession: her son Noah.

Dennis Hagen
Dennis Hagen is a certified archivist who manages the Library's 10th Mountain Division Resource Center, which is one of the largest military archives of its kind in the United States.

Born in Minnesota, Dennis was raised in North Dakota and received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of North Dakota in 1968.

During the Vietnam War, Dennis served as an Air Force intelligence officer and received a Bronze Star medal. He earned a Master's Degree in American History from Colorado State University in 1974. After a varied career, which included ten years as a restaurant manager and owner, and fifteen years as a sales manager and national sales director, Dennis decided it was time to return to his primary interest, which is Western History.

Dennis obtained his Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences from Denver University in 2004, graduating with honors as one of the program's oldest students. He immediately landed what he considered to be his dream job as an archivist at the Denver Public Library's Western History and Genealogy Department.

James Jeffrey
James K. Jeffrey has been with the Denver Public Library since 1985 and genealogy collection specialist since 1988. He was the 2004 recipient of the P. William Filby Award for Excellence in Genealogical Librarianship from the National Genealogical Society. James is currently President of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies and active in the National Genealogical Society. He is passionate about connecting researchers with resources to explore their ancestors and the world in which they lived.

Claudia Jensen
Claudia Jensen is the Senior Catalog Librarian/Archivist in the Western History and Genealogy department.

Noel Kalenian
Noel Kalenian began volunteering at the Mesa County Public Library at the age of eleven. Although he worked many different jobs over the years, he always came back to libraries. In 2007, he finally decided to get his Masters in Library Science and make a career of it. Thanks to funding from Denver Public Library's LEADers program, he obtained his MLIS from the University of Denver in 2009. He has worked for Denver Public Library since 2006, and began working for the Western History and Genealogy Department in August of 2012. He grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, likes reading Colorado and Western History (especially the history of the Western Slope), and greatly enjoys researching all sorts of questions for WHG's patrons (who come from all over the world).

Martin Leuthauser
Martin Leuthauser currently works as an Archivist/Catalog Librarian in Western History and Genealogy at the Central Branch of the Denver Public Library. He has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University and an M.A. in History from the University of Denver. Leuthauser has formerly worked as Curator for the Carson Brierly Dance Library, Penrose Library-Special Collections and Archives, University of Denver; Cataloger for Federal publications and serial sets at the Government Publications Library at Norlin Library, University of Colorado (Boulder); and as Technical Services Librarian at Arapahoe Community College.

Sally McDonald
Sally McDonald is a recent addition to the Western History and Genealogy Department. Beginning work on the Creating Communities Project on September of 2008 as a Digitization Technician she has been involved in the evolution of the project. Before her work at Denver Public Library she has held a variety of jobs in an out of the library environment. Working with companies such as Xcel Energy, Brigham Young University, the University of Denver, and the USDA Forest Service. A native of Northern California Sally not only attended Brigham Young University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, but also graduated with a Masters degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Denver.

Randel Metz
Randel Metz is a cataloger's assistant in the Western History Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library, where he has worked since 1993. After three years as a shelver, he brought his skills to the Photo Digitization Project, where he cataloged more than 20,000 photographs and developed an extensive web site. Now, he delights in grooming the Department's incomparable book collection, connecting with his roots as a shelver by using the techniques of cataloging to enhance customer access to our many treasures.

Benjamin Miller
Benjamin Miller is a Digital Imaging Tech for WHG. He enjoys exploring History, the world of Photography, Italian food, old bicycles, Fine Art and things that make no sense at all. He hails from the much lower Platte Valley in Nebraska and joined the staff of DPL in 2003.

James Rogers
Senior Reference Librarian Western History and Genealogy Department. Passions: photography, travel, Apple computers, technology, railroads, German shorthair pointers.

Katie Rudolph
Katie Rudolph is an ACA-certified archivist in the Western History & Genealogy Department. She holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and has been working in libraries and archives since she was 19. Formerly, she has held positions at Pikes Peak Library District’s Special Collections, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Television, and University of Minnesota. Katie enjoys connecting customers to WHG’s outstanding collections and helping them discover the thrill of historical research.

About the Blog

The Western History and Genealogy blog creates awareness of the depth of the collection, connects customers with interactive, innovative and relevant programming and services, and improves customer experience and convenience in using Library services. Learn more about the Western History and Genealogy department and its services.

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Updated: September 17, 2013