Western History & Genealogy Blog

Western History Collection

Kibitzers, you're ten years too late!

Kibitzers, you're ten years too late!
Kibitzers, you're ten years too late!

Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines

Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines

Greetings manuscript  friends.  Today’s collection is a very unique one: the Powell orchestra figurines.  

Meet the Denver Miniature Symphony Orchestra, a miniature collection of figurines created by Dr. and Mrs.

Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt

Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt
Manuscript Monday: Edwin Palmer Hoyt

Welcome back to Manuscript Monday.  Forgive the absence last week as we were busy processing, planning, and plotting.  This week’s feature is the Edwin Palmer Hoyt collection, a diverse collection from former editor of the Denver Post.  

 

Creating Your Community Survey

 The Creating Communities team here in WHG are working diligently to build an exciting new website, and would love your input! We've compiled a short survey below. If you have a couple minutes to help us out, we'd greatly appreciate it!

You can jump to our survey here: Creating Your Community Survey

(We promise it's short and won't take long.)

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

There are conflicting accounts of who built the first “house” in Denver.  This week’s collection highlights Anselm Holcomb Barker, thought to have built the first permanent house in the city.  What do you think?

 

Anselm Holcomb Barker, born 1822, was an Ohio native.  Early in his life he was a blacksmith, and later became a businessman.

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.

 

The Women Of The Wild West

Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley
Horse Racers Della Ferrell and Georgia Duffy
Pawnee Bill's May Lillie

Buffalo Bill's Wild West cowgirls were some of the most talented women to ever entertain a crowd.

Call for Nominations: 2011 Western History Award

Eleanor Gehres

The Denver Public Library Commission invites nominations for the 2011 award. 

The annual Eleanor Gehres Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant gift of library material (books, manuscripts, photographs, maps or other items), scholarship, se

Buffalo Bill Salutes You!

Buffalo Bill Salutes You!

William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody (1846-1917) was an iconic figure in the Old West and in American historical lore.

Sandburg, Goats, Denver and Ferril

x-22203

During his 1938 visit, Carl Sandburg, accompanied by Thomas and Helen Ferril, visited an Arvada goat farm.

Lifetime friends, Carl Sandburg and Thomas Hornsby Ferril corresponded frequently.  Sandburg stayed at the Ferril house when he visited, entertaining guests by singing and playing his guitar.&