Western History & Genealogy Blog


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.

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Union Pacific display train "City of Salina" Denver. Call number Z-6849

Win an 8 x 10 photograph from the Western History Digital Collection.

We're giving away three 8 x 10 photographs from our Western History Digital Collections website.

Journalists Write the American West: C-SPAN 2's BookTV at the 2011 Tucson Festival of Books

 The Hoover Dam and the Making of the American CenturyEach weekend C-SPAN 2 devotes itself to nonfiction books. And this weekend at 2:30 PM (ET), BookTV offers a live panel discussion from the Tucson Festival of Books with three authors of new Western books.

Michael Hiltzik (Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century), Jeff Guinn (

At DPL and WHG, the future is now

Dreams of the library of the future!

Have you ever dreamed that libraries would one day be a place where people will not only check out items from the collection but also add to it?

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