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Denver's Needlework Guild

From left to right: Nancy Joyce Woodward and Dorothy Bell Joyce, 1937
Newspaper clipping from scrapbook, 1932
Scrapbook page from the 1960s

Charity Outfitted Needy in New Garments for Nearly 120 Years

There is something surprising about Western History and Genealogy’s collection of records from the Denve

Double Takes - Made Me Look - Again!

Metropolitan Building MCC-1614
Storefronts at the Metropolitan Building MCC-1614
Ghost Cars
Ghost Cars
Pediment of the Metropolitan Building MCC-1614

Ghosts in the Machine

Glass plate negatives, the state of the art in the 1890s, when they were done just right, could provide almost as much detail as today's digital cameras.

Hit You with the Sure Shot

Hit You with the Sure Shot
Hit You with the Sure Shot
Hit You with the Sure Shot
Hit You with the Sure Shot

The Little Sure Shot: Annie Oakley

Born in 1860 in rural Ohio, little Annie Oakley was destined for greatness and eventually became America’s first female superstar. Annie’s real name was Phoebe Ann Moses.

Photo Archive Friday

Hot Enough for you!

The Heat is Back but is it "Hot Enough to Fry an Egg"?

Summer is truly here in the Southwest. Denver’s temps have been raising up into the 90’s all this week.

Poetry Collection in Western History and Genealogy

Harte, Bret. Her Letter. New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1905.
Mohr, Bill. Hold-outs: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance, 1948-1952. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011.
Eugene Field     X-22196
Hogan, Linda. The Book of Medicines. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1993.

Poetry in Western History and Genealogy? We have many books of poetry associated with the American West. Come in and read original editions by the Western poets Bret Harte and Joaquin Miller.

Denver Dining of Yore: Blue Parrot Inn

Blue Parrot Inn menu, 1941
Lobby and court room, Blue Parrot Inn. By John T. Bartlett, ca. 1930 (X-29495)
Postcard, ca. 1928
Denver Dining of Yore: Blue Parrot Inn
Blue Parrot Inn menu, 1926

Learn more about a Denver restaurant where diners were greeted by a chatty, feathered hostess.

The Blue Parrot Inn, 1718 Broadway, appeared on the Denver dining scene in the early 1920s (the 1923 Denver city directory is the first to note it).

Gunfighter's Moon

Shootout Renactment in Georgetown, CO

The Art of a Gun Fight

Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp once said that in order to survive a gunfight you didn’t need to be the fastest draw in town or even the quickest to unload your six gun.

Photo Archive Friday

Augie Mastrogiuseppi, Jim Hurt with Train crew
UP on Dent Branch, Frederick, Colorado s-185
UP on Dent Branch, Frederick, Colorado s-187
ATSF 5175 - 5163 inbound pushers, Gates Rubber s-430

August Mastrogiuseppi’s Collection is now organized and finding aid finished!

This is one of the most important Railroad collections that the Denver Public Library owns.

Photo Detectives Hard at Work


Sharp Eyed Customers Upgrading our Database

In our collection of some half a million photographs, many of them have nothing at all written on them, front or back, and we have to do research to find out where and when the photo was taken.

Hang 'em High

They Died with Their Boots On
Hanging of Gus Metzer
Outlaw: Benjamin J. Hodges
"Long" Steve Young Hanged

Justice Served Frontier Style

Today’s revisionist historians would have you believe that the West was not as wild and wooly as originally thought and was a relatively tame place.