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NEW! Exhibit: Back to School in the Archives

Elementary students sit around a table while a boy and girl write on chalkboard.
Cole Junior High student in laboratory, January 1938. WH1990
Stedman School kindergarten students using hand tools, circa 1930. WH1990

Go back in time to an era when typing class was mandatory and kindergartners were taught hand saw safety!

 

Pop quiz! How did kids let loose on the playground in 1910? Were there actually horse-drawn school wagons before buses? Just how big was a computer in a 1980 high school computer class?

Denver Dining of Yore: Pell's Oyster House

Pell's Oyster House by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, between 1900 and 1910. Call Number: X-29479
Photo of George W. Pell, Sr. at age 40. Taken from his obituary in the Daily News, December 25, 1911.
Pell's Oyster House Dining Room by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29478
Kitchen at Pell's Oyster House Kitchen by Rocky Mountain Photo Company, circa 1910. Call Number: X-29477

Why Was Denver Oyster-Crazed During The Late 19th Century?

 

Pell’s Oyster House was part of the Denver dining scene for 56 years. In 1881, George W.

The Denver That Never Was: 1976 Winter Olympic Games

Promotional sticker, circa 1972
Elevation of a building facing the proposed speed skating facility, 1969
Proposal for Denver Olympic Village, 1969

How Denver Became the First City in History to Reject the Olympic Games

On May 12, 1970, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Denver to be the host city of the XII Winter Olympic Games (1976).

Anatomy of a Forgery: Salem, Massachusetts Death Warrant, 1692

Detail of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Front of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Back of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Transcript of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932
Transcript of Salem, Massachusetts 1692 death warrant for Martha Currier (C MSS -M1429), circa 1932

Guilty of Witchcraft or Fraud?

In the archives of DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department lives a Salem, Massachusetts court order to Sheriff George Corw

The Coors Classic: America's First Big Bicycle Race

Official 1979 Red Zinger Bicycle Classic Magazine
1981 Coors International Bicycle Classic banner
Map of the 1982 Criterium route in Grand Junction, Colorado
Coors International Bicycle Classic water bottles

When I was a kid in the mid-1980’s, I went with my family to downtown Grand Junction to see the start of the Tour of the Moon, the stage of the Coors International Bicycle Classic (which all the lo

Long lost photo album returned

William Gruninger's photo album
Cindy Stormo (Gruninger's daughter) and friend Sherry Snead pick up albums. Abby Hoverstock w/photo of Gruninger & streetcar

Daughter reunited with dad's photo album

It was a treat this month to be able to unite two long lost photo albums with their rightful owner.

Found in the Archives: Ina Zager Bookmark Collection

United States Bicentennial bookmark, 1976
American Cancer Society bookmark, 1964
Danielle Steel bookmark, 1982

Bookmarks Hold a Place in Our History.

Long before a “bookmark" was a shortcut to a spot in an eBook or a link to a favorite website, it was an actual object—a treasured placeholder to mark one’s progress in a paperback or hard

Denver's Needlework Guild

From left to right: Nancy Joyce Woodward and Dorothy Bell Joyce, 1937
Newspaper clipping from scrapbook, 1932
Scrapbook page from the 1960s

Charity Outfitted Needy in New Garments for Nearly 120 Years

There is something surprising about Western History and Genealogy’s collection of records from the Denve

Denver Dining of Yore: Blue Parrot Inn

Blue Parrot Inn menu, 1941
Lobby and court room, Blue Parrot Inn. By John T. Bartlett, ca. 1930 (X-29495)
Postcard, ca. 1928
Denver Dining of Yore: Blue Parrot Inn
Blue Parrot Inn menu, 1926

Learn more about a Denver restaurant where diners were greeted by a chatty, feathered hostess.

The Blue Parrot Inn, 1718 Broadway, appeared on the Denver dining scene in the early 1920s (the 1923 Denver city directory is the first to note it).

Found In the Archives: Baur’s Candy Recipes

Candymaking at Baur's, ca. 1942
Night view of 1512 Curtis Street, between 1910-1920
Candymaking at Baur's, ca. 1942
Recipe for Egg Lemonade (*consume at your own risk!)

Classic Recipes From What Was Once A Denver Institution

One of the more unconventional items in the Western History & Genealogy Department’s archives is the