Western History & Genealogy Blog


Jerks in Colorado History

Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Colorado History cover

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Phyllis Perry at Schlessman on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. 

Phyllis J. Perry has written over 70 books for adults and young people.

James Jeffrey makes genealogy cool

James Jeffrey makes genealogy cool

Around here we think genealogy is pretty awesome, and nobody makes it cooler that our veteran Genealogy Specialist, James Jeffrey.

Tune in on Sunday, July 31 to watch James chat with 9News reporter Kyle Clark about genealogy research and the collection here at DPL.


Tours introduce hundreds to the Western History Collection

Behind the scenes tour in the archive section of the Western History/Genealogy Department

There is more to the Denver Public Library than the items that are checked out each year.

One of the unique features of the Denver Public Library is the Western History/Genealogy Collection. It contains tens of thousands of items that do not circulate.

WHG Volunteers feted

Volunteers attend a thank you pot luck hosted by the employees of the Western History/Genealogy Department
WHG Volunteers feted

The staff of the Western History/Genealogy Department thank the 150 volunteers for their contributions throughout the year.

Nearly one third of the volunteers who help support the Denver Public Library work on projects in the Western History/Genealogy Department.

Buffalo Bill: A Life of Controversy

Colorado Authors Series: Steve Friesen
Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m.
Schelssman Family Branch


Ghosts of Colorado

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m., Ross University Hills Branch Library 

 Travel back to 1796 for John Dillavou's talk on ghost towns and narrow gauge railroads. Today, many of these places or railroads no longer exist or have been destroyed.

Colorado Author Series Presents: Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh

Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh will discuss his book Crossroads of Culture: Anthropolo

Join Dr. Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, on Saturday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch


Denver Public Library and Craig Bergsgaard Studios present: Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek

An oil painting that depicts the Sand Creek Massacre (Colorado)

 Free panel discussion on one of the most infamous chapters in Colorado history: Sunday, April 17 @ 2 PM

Of all the atrocities perpetrated on the Native American people during the Westward expansion, Colorado was home to one of the worst: The Sand Creek Massacre.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…You Think You Know Colorado History?

Mayor Speer

Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m.
Schlessman Family Branch Library

Denver citizens such as Speer, Iliff, Lowry, Elitch, Boettcher, and Griffith are all well-known names in Colorado history.

Exhibit: Colorado Face to Face

Caroline Bancroft, Age 25; (1900-1985); Pastel; by Mark Richard Milbanke, 192
General James W. Denver (1817-1892); Oil on Canvas, Artist Unknown.
Leopold H. Guldman (1853 - 1936); Oil on Canvas; by Paul Theodore Koenig, c.1
Muriel Sibell Wolle (1898-1977); Oil on Canvas; by Gwendolyn Dufill Meux

Colorado Face-to-Face:
Portraits from the Denver Public Library Collection

March 21 - May 22, 2011
Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Central Library, Vida Ellison Gallery - Level 7

Denver Public Library presents Colorado Face-to-Face: Portraits from the Denver Public Library Collection, on view in the 7th floor Vida Ellison Gallery at the Denver Central Library.