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Creating Communities

Share and Preserve Your History!

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In celebration of Preservation Week, Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy and the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists are providing short preservation consultations for your family treasures with conservation experts on Monday April 25th at the Denver Public Library.

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

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

Creating Communities gets new grant funding

An Established Community with a Proud Future: Park Hill c 1966
University of Denver scenic illustration overlooking University Park neighborhood, circa 1890
Auraria Historic Tours Brochure, 1977
Restaurant license for David Mallard in Five Points, 1932
Baist's real estate atlas of surveys of Denver, West Colfax Neighborhood: Plate 23, 1905
Lake Junior High School Grades 7 and 8, 1938

It has always been said that all good things must come to an end.

So it is that I report that phase one of the Creating Communities project is ending on the 30th of September.  For all of t

Creating Communities Website: Let Us Know What You Think!

Creating Communities Website: Let Us Know What You Think!

Have you visited the Creating Communities website from the Western History Genealogy Department yet?

We've gathered information about seven of Denver's historic neighborhoods in the Neighborhood Histories section of the site.

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

Creating Communities Website Launches August 1st!

Creating Communities Website Launches August 1st!

Update: 02/13/2014 - This blog post contains out-of-date information. Please visit the Creating Your Communities site to explore content that is currently provided.

The Creating Communities Website launches August 1st!

Did you go to Gove in 1924?

Did you go to Gove in 1924?
Did you go to Gove in 1924?

These folks did.

Sure we have lots of old photos, but ...

This one has names of each individual on the back.

Don't you wish your grandparent went to Gove?


Creating Communities Beta Website is Live!

Creating Communities  Beta Website is Live!

The Creating Communities beta website launched in June! Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Western History Genealogy Department, in partnership with the City of Denver, History Colorado, Auraria Library, and University of Denver Penrose Library has brought together a number of historic resources and digitized archival materials. We encourage you all to explore the website and learn more about the history of Denver.

The website is available at: creatingcommunities.denverlibrary.org. The official launch is in August.

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.