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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!

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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

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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.&

Ferril Knew Them All

Ferril Knew Them All

In her oral history (OH193), Anne Ferril Folsom said that, in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, the word was out that when traveling from coast to coast, the best place for a stopover was the Ferril hous

Ferril loved to fish.

Ferril loved to fish.

Thomas Hornsby Ferril inherited his love for fishing.

John MacHarg, his grandfather, owned a sporting goods equipment store in Rome, New York in the nineteenth century.  He specialized in manufacturing fly fishing equipment which he happily teste

Sesquicentennial! Happy 150th Colorado Territory!

Cover of Eugene H. Berwanger's The rise of the Centennial State

Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Colorado Territory on February 28, 1861. How will you mark the occasion? How about with some history?

Susan Schulten, associate professor of history at the University of Denver, was interviewed last week about the&n