Western History & Genealogy Blog

Creating Communities

Community Tuesday: Spring is in the air!

The trees are bloomin!

The trees are blooming and flowers are pushing their way up! Creating Your Community has a new Denver's Gardens & Urban Farms community so you can share your garden love with other garden lovers.

Community Tuesday: Dogs of Colorado and the West

Snowshoe Charlie

Colorado is the best place for dog lovers! This community on the Creating Your Community website celebrates Dogs of Colorado and the West. Post a photo or story of your pooch today!

Come Celebrate Preservation Week! April 25th from 10:30-3pm

Preservation week!

To celebrate Preservation Week, the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and the Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department are providing short consultations for your family treasures with conservation experts.*  Archivists at the “Ask an Archivist” table will be able to talk about organizing and storing your family materials at home.

Staff from the Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department will be on hand to digitize your artifacts as part of the new Colorado social archive Creating Your Community.

Community Tuesday: Hayman Fire Affected History

Communities in Douglas, Jefferson, Teller and El Paso Counties before the 2002 fires.

The fires in Jefferson County this week are a reminder of the Hayman fires in Douglas County in 2002. This community by the Douglas County History Research Center is looking to document those fires with your stories and photos.

The Schoonover and Hayman Fires of May and June 2002 burned more than 138,000 acres and 133 homes in 20 days. It still holds the record for being Colorado's largest wildfire ever.

Community Tuesday: New Social Archive Launches Today!

Kismet Club North High School

The Creating Your Community (CYC) website is a new social archive where you can connect and preserve your Colorado History. Every Tuesday we will feature a photo and story from the website that the public or community partner uploads! So start sharing those stories and photos!  

This week we are featuring the Kismet Club from North High School.

Creating Your Community Colorado's Social Archive to Launch March 20th

Free USB drives at Scanning Events!

Creating Your Community (CYC) Colorado's Social Archive will be live Tuesday March 20th! The CYC website is a new social archive where you can connect and preserve your Colorado History. We want to learn more about Colorado through your stories and photographs. We hope you'll join us and create your community!

The Denver Public Library (DPL) is pleased to announce the launch of Creating Your Community (CYC) a new interactive website that allows you to share your stories, upload images and create your own

Celebrate Lincoln Hills February 25th at 2pm with History Colorado, Denver Public Library, and Zion Baptist Church at the Blair Caldwell Library

Wendell "Winks" and Clarence Hamlet pose by car in Lincoln Hills, Colo.

Lincoln Hills, a black-owned resort community in the mountains west of Boulder, offered a much-needed haven for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Amenities such as Wink's Tavern and Lodge, and the YWCA Camp Nizhoni Girl Scouts camp provided outdoor experiences and an escape from segregated Denver. The descendants of original landowners still own property in Lincoln Hills.

On Saturday, February 25 at 2pm, join State Historian Bill Convery for a sneak peak of the Lincoln Hills exhibit at the brand-new History Colorado Center, opening on April 28.

StoryCorps MobileBooth Opening Day at the Library!

StoryCorps MobileBooth

Today is the opening day for the StoryCorps MobileBooth on the plaza. StoryCorps staff will be in Denver until November 5th to record your stories. More spaces will open on Friday October 7th so sign up now!

Creating Your Community Survey

 The Creating Communities team here in WHG are working diligently to build an exciting new website, and would love your input! We've compiled a short survey below. If you have a couple minutes to help us out, we'd greatly appreciate it!

You can jump to our survey here: Creating Your Community Survey

(We promise it's short and won't take long.)

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.