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Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Grand Hyatt announces Grand Re-Opening of expanded Starbucks Coffee--

February 16th will find the newly renovated Starbucks at Grand Hyatt Denver showcasing images from DPL's Historic Photo Collections! Proceeds from the day will be donated to DPL!


Underrated Mayor, Underrated Governor, Underrated State

Pamphlet distributed on tour.
Underrated Mayor, Underrated Governor, Underrated State
Underrated Mayor, Underrated Governor, Underrated State
Underrated Mayor, Underrated Governor, Underrated State

The pamphlet pictured was distributed on bus tours designed to show Denver citizens the true state of housing in Denver developments.


Larimer Letters

Larimer cabin at 15th and Larimer Street, Denver City, Kansas Territory
First page of letter showing original handwriting

First Christmas in Denver

William Larimer, Jr. and his 17-year old son, William H.H.

Larimer Letters

Gift, Welch, Anderson, Wright, Holcomb, Kane, Hamilton, Donaldson, Moore, Sullivan, Smith, Wood, Oumer, Dorgan, Ulrick

Believing that he would be Colonel of a new regiment, William Larimer, Jr. vigorously recruited men for the 3rd Colorado Volunteers.  The transcribed letter that follows, like others in the collection Larimer Family Papers, WH1678, communicates his excitement and enthusiasm at the time.



Which Denver Public School is this?

Mystery solved for old Denver Public School

Did you go to Columbine school?

This photo in the Denver Public Library Western History Collection bears a stamp on the back which reads Information Services, Denver Public Schools.

Confessions of a History Major...

Memorial to Camp Alva Adams
Members of Colorado's Infantry
Members of Colorado's Infantry

Colorado soldiers and the Philippine-American War...learning more about what I don't know about Colorado history!

Working on the Creating Communities project has given me the opportunity to explore lesser-known (at least to me!) aspects of Colorado’s neighborhood histories.

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems

LBJ visits Cheyenne.

Vice-Presidential candidate Lyndon Baines Johnson came to Denver in July 1960 at the invitation of Denver Post editor, E.

Best of the Box: Mildred Biddick

Golden Gate Bridge etching into a sheet of celluloid with a sharp tool by Mildre

For the second installment of Best of the Box, I found a lovely box full of beautiful pieces of art. Discovered in one tiny acid-free box is our Mildred Biddick collection.

The collection includes two scrapbooks of original Christmas cards designed by Mildred Biddick, a copy of her 1933 Master's Thesis, Colorado & Regionalism, newspaper clippings of her w

Best of the Box: Postcards!

Postcard from collection WH816
Nurse Postcard

Working in the scanning lab here at the Denver Public Library, I get to see and digitize a lot of beautiful materials.

My background is in art and design, so while my co-workers love to learn all about the materials and the history behind them, my favorite part is admiring the design.

Tough Times?

Not So Much...

What's news if it isn't bad?  The economy, world strife, general unrest-- pains in the neck to be sure.  But let's  take a historical look through some perspective-changing lenses.