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Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith

Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith
Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith
Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith

Hello blog readers!  We celebrate the first day of August with Eben Smith's manuscript collection.  

Eben Smith, born in 1831 in Pennsylvania, started out in the mining business as a major player in the California gold rush in the 1850’s.

Manuscript Monday: Garden Club of Denver

Manuscript Monday: Garden Club of Denver
Manuscript Monday: Garden Club of Denver

It’s hot outside, and summer gardening is in full swing.  This week’s manuscript Monday is all about growth...read on to learn more about the Garden Club of Denver.

 The Garden Club of Denver has been around since 1916, a year when the club’s 23 members paid a membership fee of $1 each.

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

 Manuscript Monday is back with...stuffed birds?  Read on about the 23 Club!

The 23 Club, also known as The Crow's Nest, was a men’s s

Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt

Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt
Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt

Welcome back to Manuscript Monday.  Forgive the absence last week as we were busy processing, planning, and plotting.  This week’s feature is the Edwin Palmer Hoyt collection, a diverse collection from former editor of the Denver Post.  

 

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

There are conflicting accounts of who built the first “house” in Denver.  This week’s collection highlights Anselm Holcomb Barker, thought to have built the first permanent house in the city.  What do you think?

 

Anselm Holcomb Barker, born 1822, was an Ohio native.  Early in his life he was a blacksmith, and later became a businessman.

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 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.

Let Us Entertain You

Exterior view of the Palace Theatre on 15th & Blake Streets in Denver circa 1885
"Hotel Metropole" and "Restaurant" written over front entrances.
Interior view of the Broadway Theatre circa 1900
View of 18th (Eighteenth) and California Streets in Denver, Colorado
Interior view of the Denham Theatre crica 1915
Signs read: "The Old Timers Hang Out," and "Eva Lang and the Denham Players."
"Harry Huffman's Tabor Now Musical Comedy," "F & C Shoes,"...
Interior view of the Tabor Theatre circa 1925

Another interesting aspect to the “amusements” in Denver were...

In a recent trip my hometown in the Sierra Nevada’s I realized that I have become way to reliant on technology for entertainment.  I have to admit, that I was very lost without a wireles

Creating Communities project

Have you walked around your neighborhood lately?

Have you ever wondered about its history, famous events, or famous people that might have even lived on your block?