Western History and Genealogy Blogs: Staff Favorites from 2019
Is this the first? How did we do that? How can we use the past to learn about today? In 2019, the Western History and Genealogy blog asked these sorts of questions every week. Sometimes we found an answer, other times the fun was in the journey. Either way, here are our favorite six posts from the last year. Enjoy!
IS THIS THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH OF DENVER? A RESEARCH INVESTIGATION
Librarian Brian let us look over his shoulder as he tried to answer just this question using WHG resources and a little bit of Sherlockian deduction.
DENVER’S FIRST HOTEL: EL DORADO LOST AND FOUND
Librarian Sarah took us on the long, twisting journey of Denver's first hotel, a tale that weaves through the history of this city from its earliest years to today.
THE BURIED HISTORY OF SNOW REMOVAL IN DENVER
Archivist Katie detailed Denver's slippery snow removal history for us back in March, only to have it come back to everyone's mind with our storm in November.
WHEN COLORADO CLOSED THE DOOR ON THE POOR
Librarian Alex found echoes of current issues and a darker side of Colorado's history in this Depression-era policy.
In an October full of creepy ghost stories, Archivist Laura brought us a hero who would save Denver's children from a dangerous disease.
THE BRIDEY MURPHY SAGA: YESTERDAY'S NEWS VOL. V
Last but certainly not least, Library Assistant Chris let us relive the past by recounting the sordid truth of the Bridey Murphy past-life tale.
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