Western History & Genealogy Blog


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.

New Look for the Newsletter

Are you signed up to receive the Western History and Genealogy Newsletter via email? We have a few updates for you to look forward to.

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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.