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Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette

Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette
Manuscript Monday: Evelyn Runnette

Scrapbooking fans unite.  This Manuscript Monday features one of the most interesting scrapbooks in the WHG collection.  Read more about the Evelyn Runnette Papers.

Denver native Evelyn Runnette  was born in 1903.  She was a librarian, outdoorswoman, traveler, and among many other things, an avid scrapbooker.

Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith

Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith
Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith
Manuscript Monday: Eben Smith

Hello blog readers!  We celebrate the first day of August with Eben Smith's manuscript collection.  

Eben Smith, born in 1831 in Pennsylvania, started out in the mining business as a major player in the California gold rush in the 1850’s.

Manuscript Monday: Garden Club of Denver

Manuscript Monday: Garden Club of Denver
Manuscript Monday: Garden Club of Denver

It’s hot outside, and summer gardening is in full swing.  This week’s manuscript Monday is all about growth...read on to learn more about the Garden Club of Denver.

 The Garden Club of Denver has been around since 1916, a year when the club’s 23 members paid a membership fee of $1 each.

Manuscript Monday: Menu Collection

Manuscript Monday: Menu Collection
Manuscript Monday: Menu Collection
Manuscript Monday: Menu Collection

Greetings!  This week’s manuscript Monday is all about food, in the form of our Menu Collection (call number C MSS WH1509).  Read on about this great collection, and beware, it may make you hungry...

Western History & Genealogy began avidly collecting menus in 1979 at the encouragement of Sam Arno

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.

WHG Volunteers feted

Volunteers attend a thank you pot luck hosted by the employees of the Western History/Genealogy Department
WHG Volunteers feted

The staff of the Western History/Genealogy Department thank the 150 volunteers for their contributions throughout the year.

Nearly one third of the volunteers who help support the Denver Public Library work on projects in the Western History/Genealogy Department.

Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes

Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes
Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes
Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes
Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes

In a world where airline and train tickets are issued on the internet, the Railroad Pass Collection in the Western History and Genealogy Department is a special treat.  Read more in this week’s Manuscript Monday.

 

 Did you know that railroad passes used to sometimes be made from silver, gold, and even buckskin?

Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers

Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers
Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers
Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers

During his life writer Clement (Clem) Yore wore many hats.  Read on about this cowboy poet in today’s Manuscript Monday.

Clem Yore, born 1875 in St.

Saying Goodbye to a Long Time Friend

Saying Goodbye to a Long Time Friend

Hale and Farewell to John Litchfield

Saying Goodbye to a Long Time Friend

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

 Manuscript Monday is back with...stuffed birds?  Read on about the 23 Club!

The 23 Club, also known as The Crow's Nest, was a men’s s