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Occupy 1941

Occupy 1941

The Occupy movement is the hot topic in America today, but did you know that Americans were concerned about the rights of the 99% 70 years ago as well?

One of our keen researchers, Ginny Purvis-Smith, shared with us this snippet from the Bent County Democrat titled "Why Not Limit Profits?" published on October 10, 1941.

Talk about history!

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Thomas Hornsby Ferril and Family Papers

October 2011

Denver was always Ferril's home.  He was born here in 1896 and died here in 1988.

Thomas Hornsby Ferril was a poet, most of all.  He wrote poetry as a child, as a teenager, as an adult and as an old man.  He published six books of poetry and hundreds of individual poem

Manuscript Monday: Frances Melrose

Manuscript Monday: Frances Melrose
Manuscript Monday: Frances Melrose

Frances Melrose was a writer for the Rocky Mountain News for over 57 years, and amassed quite a collection of articles, notes, and other memorabilia. Read more about Melrose and her collection (WH 995) in this week’s Manuscript Monday.

Frances Melrose began her career in journalism in the 6th grade as editor for her school newspaper.

Manuscript Monday: Dr. Portia Lubchenco

Manuscript Monday: Dr. Portia Lubchenco
Manuscript Monday: Dr. Portia Lubchenco
Manuscript Monday: Dr. Portia Lubchenco

Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend.  Welcome to the first Manuscript Monday of September.  This week we will be exploring the Portia Lubchenco collection (WH214).

 

Portia Lubchenco was born Portia McNight in South Carolina in 1887.  It was there she recieved her education in business and teaching.

Manuscript Monday: Horace Tureman Scores

Manuscript Monday: Horace Tureman Scores

 Welcome to Manuscript Monday.  This week’s collection features handwritten sheet music by Denver Symphony composer and conductor Horace Elder Tureman.

 Horace Elder Tureman was conductor of Denver’s Civic Symphony Orchestra, which later became the Denver Symphony Orchestra, and even later, the

Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores

Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores
Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores
Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores

Salutations!  This week’s Manuscript Monday highlights the collection of a western lawman: Cyrus “Doc” Shores (WH 344).

 

Cyrus “Doc” Wells Shores was named after the doctor who delivered him in 1844 in Hickville, Michigan.

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.