Western History & Genealogy Blog

Hidden Gems

The Art of Exploration

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Historic Hayden Survey of the West Goes Digital

The storied Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 not only vastly expanded our knowledge of the American West with a detailed and precise atlas of the territory, it joined the talents of some of the gre

Details, Details, Fascinating Details

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Shepherd and Lambs

Revealing High Resolution Treasures

A person can spend hours browsing the seemingly endless supply of great photographs in our database.

Community Tuesday - Living Local at Four Mile Historic Park

Vintage underclothing
Quilting
Four Mile Living Local Event 2013
Bobbin Lace Making
Vendors and wagon ride

I do have to say, it was a very blustery, windy Sunday

Two weeks ago we were at the Living Local event at the Four Mile Historic Park.  This annual event celebrates personal reliance and sustainability in the urban setting.  It has many inter

Architectural Drama in the Queen City of the Plains

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Modern Then, Iconic Now

Our vast photo database is filled with treasures of every flavor.

Digital Archiving in the 21st Century! (or at least in the early part of it...)

Digital Transitions--RCam, with Phase One P65+ digital back
Ability to capture incredible detail!  (We promise we're not counterfeiting!)
Detail from Robinson's Atlas of Denver 1887, Plate 13

After nearly three years of research, planning and developing strategy-- (alongside a strenuous attempt to stay on pace with sprinting technology) the Imaging Services Lab of DPL's Western History and Genealogy department is at long last moving into the next phase of its evolution, and the 21st Century.

When our program began not-so-long-ago in 1996-- I doubt very much that those involved could have conceived of the changes-- and new sets of challenges-- that technology would deliver in ten years'

Wo/Men at Work: Exploring Hard Work's Reward

Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Blunt, Judy. "Cooking From Scratch." Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover
Powell, Ralph. "Everything's Dangerous." Women at Work. Salt Lake City: Red Butte Press, 2012. Cover

This artfully designed, hand-bound book tells two stories of work during an era when what a person did or made was still considered more important than what he or she bought.

Remember when...

We all have memories of our school days. It seems like it was a continual round of hurry up and waits. Days where we all stared at the clock counting the seconds to reces

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

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A Banquet of 60s Kitsch ~ Madmen at the Library

Sometimes the only thing to say is "Wow." Lloyd Rule's promotional photos for Green Mountain Townhouses in Lakewood, Colorado, capture the mid-60s style in all it's glory.