Western History & Genealogy Blog


Colorado Author Series: Jim Hall

Book: Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico

Jim Hall will be speaking about his book Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library.

Mr. Hall's book is a memoir of his days as the world's first parachuting mining engineer.

Sesquicentennial! Happy 150th Colorado Territory!

Cover of Eugene H. Berwanger's The rise of the Centennial State

Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Colorado Territory on February 28, 1861. How will you mark the occasion? How about with some history?

Susan Schulten, associate professor of history at the University of Denver, was interviewed last week about the&n

The Dandiest Don

Cover of James W. Johnson's The Dandy Dons.

Earlier this week, Bill Russell, celebrated basketball player, coach, commentator and activist, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award presented by the United States. While many might associate Russell with Boston, and his long tenure with the Celtics, his collegiate career and activism began in the West with the University of San Francisco Dons.

Stories about Russell's life and his collegiate career appeared in many newspapers, including


digital.denverlibrary.org is now live!

We're happy to announce that the new DPL Digital Collections website is now live.

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

Say Goodbye to the Digital Image Catalog

Say goodbye to the Digital Image Catalog and hello to the new Denver Public Library Digital Collections

As the library transitions to a new ILS at the end of January, the Western History and Genealogy Department will move to a new Digital Asset Management sy

Temporary Holds Suspension Begins December 20


Placing of holds will not be available from Monday, December 20, 2010 through mid-February, 2011.

This includes:

Volunteers are Gold

City Librarian Shirley Amore thanks Glenn R. Scott for his 47 years of volunteer work at the DPL

Volunteers and docents thanked by Denver Public Library!

The annual thank you luncheon for docents and volunteers was held recently in the basement conference room of the Denver Public Library. 

Veteran's History Presentation


Veteran’s history resources to be discussed


Bancroft History Prize winner announced

Garden of Invention
Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country

The Western History & Genealogy Department recently selected this year's winner of the annual Caroline Bancroft Prize.

The Bancroft History Prize was awarded to Jane S.