Long after the pandemic abates, video conferencing will likely be with many of us for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, you might be getting tired of sharing the same view behind you every time. Instead of moving to a different room, what if you could travel in space and time and bring the Western History and Genealogy collections straight to you? Below are 19 images from our digital collections, selected to give an extra spark to your next meeting or happy hour. These images were modified to fit the dimensions and spacing recommended for virtual backgrounds, to better emphasize the most interesting parts of the image, and to add a little branding in the upper corner to let people know where to go for more information. Until we can see you again in person, enjoy this little bit of western history.
Lincoln Hills, now on the National Historic Register, was a popular outdoor resort for African Americans in the early 20th century. We have a wonderful piece about Lincoln Hills if you'd like to read more. This is a more recent picture of one of the cabins, taken in 2000. See the original photograph.
Step inside Rhythm Records and Sporting Goods shop with owner and Denver / Five Points legend Leroy Smith, seen behind the counter on the far left. Leroy Smith opened the shop in 1939 after moving from Oklahoma, and became a successful Denver businessman and neighborhood activist. See the original photograph.
Libraries just don't look as good without being filled with people, but you could help by being in this space for your next meeting. Now renovated as the McNichols Civic Center Building, this classic structure was originally constructed to be the Denver Public Library's main branch in 1906. The library moved to its current location in the mid-1950s. See the original photograph.
Colorado's Middle Park area offers so much to see and do, why not plan to see it all? Richardson Rome's 1934 quirky tourist map will help you get started in style, while casually letting everyone you (virtually) meet know that you have big plans in store. See the original map.
Despite the odd title for this photograph ("Never was Capitol"), it's an apt description of a building that never actually served as the state capitol. But you can still hold a virtual press conference, or virtual meeting, standing right in front of it like you were on your way to another important meeting. See the original photograph.
Want to keep up social distancing without the appearance of social distancing? Try this backdrop set in a mining camp saloon in Turret (Chaffee County) around the turn of the 20th century. We're not quite sure what's going on with the group of people in the back, but you could make up a good story. See the original photograph.
During the era of formalized segregation, this was the only African American fire company in Denver in 1931: Station No. 3 at 2363 Glenarm Place. These brave firefighters had the backs of many in the Five Points area in the 1930s, and can virtually do the same for you now. See the original photograph.