History and Genealogy

Army Bicycles: The Ride Stuff

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History and Genealogy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Local, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jerry Cleveland explores how the modern bicycle attracted the attention of forward-thinking military commanders worldwide by using cutting edge technology and design when it was developed. Although eventually overshadowed by such legendary transporters as the jeep, "deuce and a half," C-47 Dakota and LST, the bicycle nevertheless played an important role. Inexpensive, efficient, and easy to maintain, bicycles are still in use in some military units.

Veterans Remembered with the Fairmount Heritage Foundation

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History and Genealogy
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn about the rich military history of Denver's two oldest cemeteries, Fairmount and Riverside, going all the way back to the Civil War, including eight Medal of Honor recipients. Bring an unopened toiletry item to be donated to the Denver Veteran's Hospital for veterans in need. Presented by Fairmount volunteer Garry O'Hara.

A Haunted History of Denver's Croke-Patterson Mansion

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History and Genealogy
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ann Alexander Leggett and Jordan Alexander Leggett will discuss not only the history of Denver's Croke-Patterson Mansion, but also the spirits that still roam the mansion's hallways!

Flint Whitlock: Captain Jepp and the Little Black Book

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History and Genealogy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whitlock's book Captain Jepp and the Little Black Book is the biography of Elrey Jeppesen, the Colorado aviator who, in the 1930s, invented the aerial navigation system that 95% of all pilots and airlines use today, and for whom the main terminal at DIA is named. Join us for a journey into aviation history!

The Booth House at Four Mile Historic Park

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History and Genealogy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join staff from Four Mile Historic Park to learn about the history of Denver's oldest standing house! Pick up some "genuine" fool's gold for the kids and coupons for free wagon rides at the Park, learn about family-oriented programs, birthday parties at the Park, and more!

Where Denver's Scandals Are Buried

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History and Genealogy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What secrets are lurking in Denver's cemeteries? Find out about the scandals that were taken to the grave in Fairmount! Presented by volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation.

What's in Western History?

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History and Genealogy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether your interest is your home, neighborhood, Colorado, or the West, Denver Public Library's Western History collections support your research. Learn about books, broadsides, photographs, maps, art, manuscripts and more. Explore how you might use our collections and discover the digital materials now available online.

The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery

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History and Genealogy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learn about the Civil War history contained in Denver's own Riverside Cemetery. Presented by volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation.

History of Bookbinding

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History and Genealogy
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Gail Lindley, a third generation bookbinder at the family-owned Denver Bookbinding Company, will present a history of bookbinding. She has examples of books published in the 1600s through the 1940s. Why does some paper get brittle and crack after 1840? Get this answer and more from an expert!

Ancestry 101: Who Do You Think You Are?

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History and Genealogy
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Large Classroom, Community Technology Center - Level 4

Learn how to navigate Ancestry-Library Edition and discover your family history. This class will help the beginners and seasoned researchers get the most out of this rich resource.

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