Western History & Genealogy Blog


Bluebird Theater's Blue Nights

Bluebird Theater's Blue Nights

A Denver Theater's Unexpected History

Denver's Bluebird Theater has a long and storied history. When first opened in 1914, the Bluebird was a neighborhood movie theater.

New GLBT Collections Page

New GLBT Collections Page

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered collections in Western History!

The Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library is proud to house organizational records of Equality Colorado and other pioneering community groups, as well as collections o

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Weird Photo Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I want a want ad! Weird Photo Wednesday for July 27th, 2011

Not everyone sees an elephant trying to buy a want ad! Talk about weird. At least he won't forget what the ad was about!

Tours introduce hundreds to the Western History Collection

Behind the scenes tour in the archive section of the Western History/Genealogy Department

There is more to the Denver Public Library than the items that are checked out each year.

One of the unique features of the Denver Public Library is the Western History/Genealogy Collection. It contains tens of thousands of items that do not circulate.

Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales

Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales
Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales
Manuscript Monday: Corky Gonzales

 Corky Gonzales was a Denver-born, Mexican-American activist, poet, sportsman, and much more.  Learn more about him in this week's Manuscript Monday.


Ancestry Library Edition Fresh New Look

McGinnis and Family, Laird, Yuma Co., Colorado

What is cleaner and fresher? Ancestry Library Edition home page for researchers.

Available through all Denver Public Library locations, Ancestry Library Edition has mounted a fresh face.

Presentation: Chatfield Story

Chatfield Story cover

The Authors of Chatfield Story will be at the Denver Public Library to discuss their book about Civil War Private, Edward L. Chatfield, of the 113 Illinois Regiment and his extended family for whom the road, park and dam are named. 

Central Library,  Conference Center, Level B2

Tuesday, September 28, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Center for Colorado and the West

The Center for Colorado and the West, established on the Auraria Campus in 2009, has a delightful website which presents content of interest to any student or enthusiast of Colorado's past.

The Center's website offers monthly lists of new publications sure to please students, scholars, and librarians in search of vital new works for their

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.

Let Us Entertain You

Exterior view of the Palace Theatre on 15th & Blake Streets in Denver circa 1885
"Hotel Metropole" and "Restaurant" written over front entrances.
Interior view of the Broadway Theatre circa 1900
View of 18th (Eighteenth) and California Streets in Denver, Colorado
Interior view of the Denham Theatre crica 1915
Signs read: "The Old Timers Hang Out," and "Eva Lang and the Denham Players."
"Harry Huffman's Tabor Now Musical Comedy," "F & C Shoes,"...
Interior view of the Tabor Theatre circa 1925

Another interesting aspect to the “amusements” in Denver were...

On a recent trip to my hometown in the Sierra Nevada’s I realized that I have become way too reliant on technology for entertainment.  I have to admit that I was very lost without a wireless c