Western History & Genealogy Blog


Denver's Dinner with Charles Lindbergh, 1927

Front cover of Lindbergh dinner menu, 1927
Feast fit for Charles Lindbergh, 1927
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Denver, circa 1926. L. C. McClure Collection, MCC-2831
Advertisement for Original Manitou Pale Dry Champagne, 1927

What does one serve when Lucky Lindy drops in for a bite?

According to a 1927 Denver Post article, Colonel Charles Lindbergh did not like to eat in his airplane—even during very long trips. He claimed to not desire food when flying.

Saturday in the Archives: Equality Colorado

Saturday in the Archives: Equality Colorado

Many in Denver are celebrating PrideFest this weekend, so for this week's Saturday in the Archives I thought it would be interesting to highlight the records of Equality Colorado, one of several collections in the Western History/Genealogy Department related to GLBT history, issues, and events in Denver.

Equality Colorado was a political organization whose mission was to promote equal rights for Colorado's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and their families through non-partisan st

Community Tuesday - Living Local at Four Mile Historic Park

Vintage underclothing
Four Mile Living Local Event 2013
Bobbin Lace Making
Vendors and wagon ride

I do have to say, it was a very blustery, windy Sunday

Two weeks ago we were at the Living Local event at the Four Mile Historic Park.  This annual event celebrates personal reliance and sustainability in the urban setting.  It has many inter

Howard Zahniser: Conservation Pioneer

Zahniser (right) with U.S. map of wilderness areas prepared in Wilderness Bill legislative effort.
Howard Zahniser on horseback, circa 1956.

The Howard Zahniser Papers (CONS 238) are now available for research in DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department.

Next year, the Wilderness Act—the law that created the means to protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness area in the United States—turns 50.

Digital Archiving in the 21st Century! (or at least in the early part of it...)

Digital Transitions--RCam, with Phase One P65+ digital back
Ability to capture incredible detail!  (We promise we're not counterfeiting!)
Detail from Robinson's Atlas of Denver 1887, Plate 13

After nearly three years of research, planning and developing strategy-- (alongside a strenuous attempt to stay on pace with sprinting technology) the Imaging Services Lab of DPL's Western History and Genealogy department is at long last moving into the next phase of its evolution, and the 21st Century.

When our program began not-so-long-ago in 1996-- I doubt very much that those involved could have conceived of the changes-- and new sets of challenges-- that technology would deliver in ten years'

Jack Dempsey: Colorado's Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Jack Dempsey and Estelle Taylor at Denver's Union Station
Jack Dempsey's Manassa, Colorado home
Montrose, Colorado around 1890

Did you know that World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey, the “Manassa Mauler,” was born in Manassa but also lived in many other Colorado towns?

The Sand Creek Massacre: 148th Anniversary

Camp Weld Council: Including Edward Wynkoop, Black Kettle, and Silas Soule
Sand Creek Massacre Marker

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, one of the most unfortunate events in Colorado and United States history. On November 29, 1864, 700 troops led by Colonel John M.