Western History & Genealogy Blog




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

Recent Donations

Several individuals and organizations have donated archival material to the Western History and Genealogy Department in the last few months. Here are a few highlights:

Denver Landmark Commission records. 3 additional boxes transferred from Auraria Archives and Special Collections.

WHG receives a DAM

Western History receives a DAM

A new digital asset management system for Western History!

The Western History and Genealogy Department is proud to announce that OCLC's CONTENTdm (Cdm), a digital asset management system, or DAM will be coming to the Department.

Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Grand Hyatt announces Grand Re-Opening of expanded Starbucks Coffee--

February 16th will find the newly renovated Starbucks at Grand Hyatt Denver showcasing images from DPL's Historic Photo Collections! Proceeds from the day will be donated to DPL!


Mystery photograph - can you help?

Mystery photograph - can you help?

We need your help! This mysterious photograph was purchased at a Denver antique store before being donated to the library, but the donor is not sure where or what the picture is of.

If you have any thoughts that could point us in the right direction, please share. Thanks!