Western History & Genealogy Blog

Creating Communities Beta Website is Live!

Creating Communities  Beta Website is Live!

The Creating Communities beta website launched in June! Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Western History Genealogy Department, in partnership with the City of Denver, History Colorado, Auraria Library, and University of Denver Penrose Library has brought together a number of historic resources and digitized archival materials. We encourage you all to explore the website and learn more about the history of Denver.

The website is available at: creatingcommunities.denverlibrary.org. The official launch is in August. We are having an exhibit at Central to highlight the project and are teaming up with Fresh City Life to host a Creating Communities Scrapbooking Workshop on August 21st from 2-4pm.

Website highlights:

  • Neighborhoods– We've digitized photographs, maps and documents from seven of Denver's historic neighborhoods including Auraria, Barnum, Capitol Hill, Five Points, Park Hill, University Park and West Colfax. Each neighborhood highlights the people, places and events that shaped each neighborhood’s unique history.
  • Building Histories-Digging through all of the historical resources available to compile your house or building history can be a daunting task. We've mapped a number of resources such as Assessor Records and National and State Historic Buildings on a Google map to make your house or building history research a breeze. There are also tips on how to search photographs, maps and building permits. Plus we have digitized Householder Directories, City Directories and Denver Municipal Facts.
  • Collections- If you just feel like browsing around, we have a vast collection of digitized archival materials in the collections section.
  • myDenver is a place for you to share your Denver history - upload photographs and favorite stories, and engage in conversations to enrich your Denver community.
  • Creating Communities iPhone Application- The mobile version of the Creating Communities project will enable fans of Denver history to explore our 7 historic neighborhoods. More than just walking tours of Denver, the app features National and State Historic buildings from the Office of Archeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) at History Colorado and historic photographs from the DPL Western History Digital Image Collection. Users of the Creating Communities app can contribute to the Creating Communities experience by adding comments, uploading photos and stories about the places and events featured in these neighborhoods.

Over the past two and a half years we have digitized over 30,000 images for the project and are excited that it is finally ready for users to explore.