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Dalies Frantz: Denver’s Titan of the Keyboard

Concert program, Denver, February 10, 1936. WH305
Article on Frantz, Sunday Boston Globe Magazine, 1927. WH305
Frantz at Denver's Union Station with Ruth Ellen Dodds, circa 1922. WH305

Long before the days of American Idol, Denver boasted its own musical virtuoso, Dalies Frantz. 

Your Visit to Central

Walk on into to any of our library locations
Gates Reading Room, Western History and Genealogy Department
Explore treasures in WHG with knowledgeable librarians
Schlessman Great Hall Central DPL

Been a while since you have visited the Main Branch of the Denver Public Library, affectionately known as Central. Well come on down(town)!

Speaking with neighbors and friends I am confounded by the number of people who don't come downtown. My challenge to you is to reconnect with your whole library system.

The Summer Bride, 1914

Illustration from the Rocky Mountain News (magazine section), June 14, 1914.
A June bride of 1887. Mary Virginia King in her bridal gown, June 14, 1887.  Z-1949
The Rocky Mountain News (magazine section), June 14, 1914, page 3.

The June Bride of 1914 Was A Rebel

One hundred years ago this month, the Rocky Mountain News proclaimed that the June bride of 1914 “defies traditions in s

This Old House: Denver’s Adolph Zang Mansion

Adolph Zang Mansion, January 1977. By History Colorado, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. 5DV177OAHP
Adolph Zang Family, between 1886 and 1901. By Rose & Hopkins. H-112
Zang Brewery Company Stables, November 27, 1977. Demolished in 1983. X-23904

Do you ever wonder about the past lives of old Denver mansions?

At 709 Clarkson Street sits a brick and stone Neo-Classical Revival mansion that once belonged to brewery magnate

Video With A Sense of Colorado Community

Globeville smelter before distruction

Check out the video!!!

Scroll down and check out the awesome video about the Denver neighborhoods of Globeville, Swansea and Elyria.

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

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?

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.

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