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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

Denver Symphony Orchestra

Jaycees acted as ushers.
Rehearsals were in the afternoon.
People could buy boxed chicken meals.
Families sometimes packed their own food.
Performances were in the evenings.

Summers at Red Rocks with the Denver Symphony Orchestra

In the 1950s, a series of summer concerts at Red Rocks by the Denver Symphony Orchestra gained a national reputation.

Native American Brass Band

Native American Brass Band

Wonder how they sounded?

Ralph Stanion worked as a teacher and as a superintendent on reservations beginning in 1898 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  By the 1920s, he was working at Fort Apache in Arizo

Clarence Holmes and the Cosmopolitan Club

Early Civil Rights march in Denver
Cosmopolitan Club meeting with George Morrison, orchestra leader

In 2009 the library processed the Clarence and Fairfax Holmes Papers (WH1270), which documents the lives of a politically and socially active couple in Denver’s African-American community.

Thanks to a Colorado’s Diverse Heritage grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), DPL archivists were able to process five archival collections of Africa