Western History & Genealogy Blog

Archives

Remember When...?

Photograph of East High Cheerleaders, circa 1920

You still have the popular, the pretty, the athletic, the shy, the weird, the smart, and, let’s face it, the just plain awkward. 

As many of you may know, the Creating Communities project has now began its second phase, called Creating Your Community. 

Manuscript Monday: Horan Burial Records

Manuscript Monday: Horan Burial Records
Manuscript Monday: Horan Burial Records
Manuscript Monday: Horan Burial Records

Manuscript Mondays!  The William P. Horan Burial Records are now available on microfilm.

Featured today are the William P. Horan Burial Records.  The W.P. Horan Mortuary was established in Denver 1890 by William P. Horan.

Manuscript Mondays

Manuscript Mondays
Manuscript Mondays

 Welcome to the first installment of Manuscript Mondays, where we will be highlighting a different collection each week.  This week's collection: The Coors International Bicyle Classic.

 

Teepees and Geodesic Domes

Ute teepee Los Pinos Agency

I've been absolutely taken with triangles and symmetry in art and architecture recently. We have so many inspirational photographs in our Digital Collections. Here are some of my favorites. You can click on the image to see the original record.

Drop City Dome

TEXTILES

TEXTILES

Maybe it’s been the cold weather or how graphically appealing the patterns are, but I can’t get enough of textiles these days, old and new.

Civil Rights in the American West

Last week Denver Public Library’s David Johnson offered an eloquent reading of the “I Have a Dream” speech, which inspired me to write about the sometimes neglected role of the West in the history of American civil liberties, and, on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, to offer some suggestions from the many recent books on civil rights in the American West.

The struggle for civil liberties was neither confined to the South, nor exclusively to the period of t

Songs to Convert Rocky Flats

Songs to Convert Rocky Flats
Songs to Convert Rocky Flats
Songs to Convert Rocky Flats

This quirky little songbook was published in 1979 by the Rocky Flats Action Group and contains gems such as “It’s the Nukes that Must Go and Not Me,” “It Could Be a Wonderful World,” “Nuclear Power Blues,” and, my personal favorite, “There’s a Bomb Plant on the Hillside” (sung to the tune of “Little Boxes”).

The songs were intended to be sung at rallies, meetings, marches, and demonstrations in order to "make us feel stronger, part of the bigger movement of people eve

Snow Baths and Elephant Hunts...

From Denver Municipal Facts: Voume 10 Numbers 5 and 6, 1927 May-June
From Denver Municipal Facts: Voume 13 Numbers 7 and 8, 1930 July-August
From Denver Municipal Facts: Voume 13 Numbers 7 and 8, 1930 July-August

Did you ever try to take a snow bath on a hot summer day?

It’s 9:00 in the morning and as I sit in the air-conditioned photo lab of the Western History Department, I’m thinking that it’s about time to put my sweater on.  Yes, you he

House History Anyone?

Bruce Hanson axplains nuances of house hunting

WHG staff got the inside information on locating a home or business at the Denver Public Library from Bruce Hanson at a recent staff meeting.

Bruce Hanson passed along some of the house history expertise he has acquired in the past 18 years to other members of the staff of the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Lib

WHG in the News

The Western History and Genealogy Department's Hispanic Acquisitions Committee does a great job of helping us develop our Hispanic archival collections.

This week, thanks to an article written by Magdalena Gallegos and prompted by Lena Archuleta, the Hispanic community in Denver will learn more about our collecting efforts and discover that th