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155 Years Ago Today: The Rocky Mountain News’ First Issue

Portrait of William Newton Byers, between 1859 & 1863. Z-4887
View of the Rocky Mountain News and surrounding buildings, between 1860 & 1864. Z-1520
Copy of Rocky Mountain News Dated April 23, 1859, by Harry Mellon Rhoads. Rh-21

The first issue of the Rocky Mountain News was published April 23, 1859—mere days afte

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

What face do you see?

We can all see the profile in today's Weird Photo Wednesday, but what does the profile look like to you? George Washington? Your boss? Your high school teacher? Your mother?

Creative Types: Need Project Inspiration?

Thomas Moran, August 1915. By Henry Havelock Pierce. X-22164
How Long is Always, 1969. Watercolor by Jo Polseno. C75-7 ART
Dessert toast recipes from Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924

You may love your neighborhood DPL branch, but it might be time to branch out!  

Did you know that DPL’s Central Library has a Western History/Genealogy Department on Level 5?

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Easter is coming and the bunnies are beginning to appear! Even creepy bunnies!

Since Easter is approaching, you may see more bunnies around. Keep your eyes open, because you never know when you might see one, even in your local library!

23 Years in the Making: Edward Curtis's The North American Indian

A Chief of the Desert - Navaho, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34027
Pima Baskets, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34043
A Heavy Load - Sioux, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34103

From 1907 to 1930, Edward Sheriff Curtis devoted his life to a project documenting the cultures of 80 North American Indian tribes living from the Great Plains to as far north as Alaska.

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Is it a boat-cycle or a cycle-boat?

Today's Weird Photo Wednesday shows another entry in the

Wild Woman of the West: Author Helen Rich

Portrait of Helen Rich, ca. 1950. Helen Rich Papers, WH348
Rich and Turnbull cabin, Breckenridge, 1954. Helen Rich Papers, WH348
Belle Turnbull (left) and Helen Rich (right), 1942. Helen Rich Papers, WH348
Helen Rich at The Spring Begins book signing, 1958. Helen Rich Papers, WH348

The Helen Rich Papers (WH348) detail the fascinating life of a woman who started out as a childhood f

Weird Photo Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Weird Photo Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Blooming wheels!

Let's hope that this wagon doesn't get into a race with anyone! The paper flowers would go a'flyin!

Be mine for Valentines, and Weird Photo Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Be mine for Valentines, and Weird Photo Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Who really is this card for?

Be my Valentine and happy Weird Photo Wednesday. Take a look at today's Valentine's day card.