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The Futuristics

1957 Futurama program
1957 Futurama program

Though women were featured in a few of the images, the fashion show was for men.

Burnis McCloud was the photographer of choice for an amazing number of organizations.  He helped produce this program with the imagined fashions of the future as projected in 1957.  The F

Denver Ukefest

Denver Ukefest
Denver Ukefest
Jake Shimabukuro

Denver Ukefest is here this weekend, and we are excited.  Did you know WH/G has a sheet music collection?  Get your ukes fired up.

 The annual Denver Ukefest, put on by Swallow Hill, is upon us, and we stand ready, ukes at attention here in

It's a beautiful day for golf.

Unidentified Denver golfers

Determined to enjoy the game, African-American golfers in Denver held a tournament to celebrate the summer.

Many golf courses in 1950s Denver found ways to exclude them.  A common obstacle was for a course to fill tee times with golfers from private whites-only clubs.  Burnis McCloud's photogra

"Bleeding Kansas"

George Washington Clayton diary

Kansas earned its nickname May 1856 when a pro-slavery faction confronted an anti-slavery group in Lawrence.

The confrontation turned violent.  This incident became known as the "Sacking of Lawrence."  George Washington Clayton was a merchant in Leavenworth City at the time.  He w

Celebrate Poetry Month

Anvil of Roses

 April is National Poetry Month.  Here's one from local poet laureate, Thomas Hornsby Ferril.

Thomas Hornsby Ferril published Anvil of Roses, his

Sanctus Sonorensis

Sanctus Sonorensis
Sanctus Sonorensis

One of the perks of working in WH/G is getting to see interesting and inspiring artists books.  Sanctus Sonorensis beautifully addresses the topic of immigration in the American southwest. 

While on a sabbatical in New Mexico, book artist Philip

Manuscript Monday: Antonia Brico

Manuscript Monday: Antonia Brico
Manuscript Monday: Antonia Brico
Manuscript Monday: Antonia Brico
Manuscript Monday: Antonia Brico

This week Manuscript Mondays continues to celebrate Women’s History Month with collections featuring symphony conductor Antonia Brico.

Antonia Brico (1902-1989) was born in the Netherlands of Italian and Dutch parents, and immigrated to the USA in 1908.

Manuscript Monday: Muriel Sibell Wolle

Manuscript Monday: Muriel Sibell Wolle

March is Women’s History Month, and this week’s Manuscript Monday features a collection from painter, designer, photographer, explorer, teacher, and historian, Muriel Sibell Wolle.  Read on!

Manuscript Monday: Clarence & Fairfax Holmes

Manuscript Monday: Clarence & Fairfax Holmes
Manuscript Monday: Clarence & Fairfax Holmes

Good day to everyone in the blogosphere.  Manuscript Mondays is back just in time to celebrate Black History Month with the Clarence and Fairfax Holmes papers.  Read on!

 

February is Black History Month.

Women's Professional Baseball

The Springfield Sallies preparing to play the Chicago Colleens.

The 1992 movie, A League of Their Own, was based upon the All American Girls Baseball League formed in 1943 by chewing-gum magnate Philip Wrigley.