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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

Caroline Bancroft Prize Update

The Blue Tattoo, book cover
Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country, book cover
The Garden of Invention, book cover

Caroline Bancroft Prize Jury moves into its final phase of the 2009 selection process.

The Caroline Bancroft prize shall be awarded annually to the author of the best book on the history of the trans-Mississippi West published during the previous year.

Construction Resumes

Wokers prepare the expanded Mullen room where researchers will review manuscrip materials and items from the closed stacks.

After six months of silence and still-life there is once again construction activity on the 5th level of the Central Denver Public Library.

Originally construction was to be completed around the first of the year - the year 2010. But due to circumstances beyond our control that didn't happen.

Mystery Kazoo Found at DPL

Jeff and Jackie Bradley of Highlands Ranch show they June prize that was hidden in the Denver Public Library.
After nearly a month of clues on Thisisaclue this prize was found when the puzzle pieces were put together.

Nearly a month of clues had been posted in a puzzle that brought several teams into the Central Denver Public Library.

On Saturday June 26 Jeff and Jackie Bradley put together a cryptic clue that had been posted in the midst of last months contest and found the book containing the kazoo on a shelf at the Central Library.



Did you go to Gove in 1924?

Did you go to Gove in 1924?
Did you go to Gove in 1924?

These folks did.

Sure we have lots of old photos, but ...

This one has names of each individual on the back.

Don't you wish your grandparent went to Gove?


Newspapers Beyond Western History & Genealogy ...

Western History & Genealogy has an extensive collection of newspapers, both original and preserved on microfilm. And with the loan of many (but not all) of the Colorado Historical Society's newspapers on microfilm, your research opportunities have expanded even more.

But what about the titles that we don't have?

Newspapers can be a challenge. Even with today's extraordinary library catalogs, what a library holds of a given newspaper title can be difficult to determine.

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.

Colorado Historical Society Microfilms Arrive at DPL

Movers arrive with the first of 32 cabinets loaded with newspaper microfilm from the Colorado Historical Society.

Many Colorado Historical Society Newspaper microfilms have arrived at the Denver Public Library and are ready for use.



For the next year or so historians and researchers will have access to most of the extensive collection of Colorado newspapers owned by the Colorado Historical Society through the Western History

Ralph Ehrenberg Lecture

The Rocky Mountain Map Society and the Western History and Genealogy Department are pleased to present a lecture by Ralph Ehrenberg from the Library of Congress on April 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM in the Gates Conference Room, 5th floor, Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado.