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Bancroft Finalists at Premier Reads Book Group

Cover of Margot Mifflin's 2009 book, The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman
Cover of Marsha Weisiger's 2009 book, Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country
Cover of Jane S. Smith's 2009 book, Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the

On Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 6-7PM at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch, join us for notable books in recent Western history, including the three finalists for the Caroline Bancroft Prize.

Laurie Spurling and Wendel Cox will be your host and guides to new and provocative books on the American West. Three featured titles for the evening are Jane S.

Construction Resumes

Wokers prepare the expanded Mullen room where researchers will review manuscrip materials and items from the closed stacks.

After six months of silence and still-life there is once again construction activity on the 5th level of the Central Denver Public Library.

Originally construction was to be completed around the first of the year - the year 2010. But due to circumstances beyond our control that didn't happen.

Bike to Work Day a Big Hit at DPL

Abby Hoverstock heads for the Western History reference desk after biking to work.

About twice as many DPL emplyees as usual took advantage of the Bike to Work Day hospitality spots along their route to the Central library across from Civic Center Park on Wednesday June 23rd.

Making the trip to the Central branch on bicycle is always a good idea, and the food and other festivities along the way provided an added incentive for about 40 DPL employees.

Indian Wars Stories


Ask the veterans.

I remember the horse, Comanche, from my University of Kansas days.  The stuffed version looked nothing like the sleek creature portrayed in the first image.  It was rather small and mothe

Thank You Volunteers

Vounteers who work in the Western History and Genealogy Department at the annual thank you pot luck breakfast.
Thank You Volunteers
City Librarian Shirley Amore thanks WHG violunteers.
A special pot of flowers was given to Kendrick King for her volunteer work in answering inquiries from customers.

Volunteers make so many things possible in the Western History/Genealogy Department that it is impossible to imagine life at the library without them.

The staff of the Denver Public Library's Western History and genealogy Department said thank you to the nearly 300 volunteers who work on processing collections, indexing, researching, clipping new

House History Anyone?

Bruce Hanson axplains nuances of house hunting

WHG staff got the inside information on locating a home or business at the Denver Public Library from Bruce Hanson at a recent staff meeting.

Bruce Hanson passed along some of the house history expertise he has acquired in the past 18 years to other members of the staff of the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Lib

Newspapers Beyond Western History & Genealogy ...

Western History & Genealogy has an extensive collection of newspapers, both original and preserved on microfilm. And with the loan of many (but not all) of the Colorado Historical Society's newspapers on microfilm, your research opportunities have expanded even more.

But what about the titles that we don't have?

Newspapers can be a challenge. Even with today's extraordinary library catalogs, what a library holds of a given newspaper title can be difficult to determine.

Dr. Michael Beshoar

Dr. Michael Beshoar

Are you from Trinidad, Colorado?

Your ancestors might have worked at the brick yard or at the local newspaper, The Advertiser.  Perhaps they visited the doctor or taught school.  Any of these activities among ma

WHG receives a DAM

Western History receives a DAM

A new digital asset management system for Western History!

The Western History and Genealogy Department is proud to announce that OCLC's CONTENTdm (Cdm), a digital asset management system, or DAM will be coming to the Department.

Almost Time to Garden

Almost Time to Garden

It's a classic.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, Herbert ("Herb") Gundell offered advise on how to garden in Denver.  He wrote a column for The Denver Post, had a radio program and a telev