Reviews and Blog Posts: history

Alchemy and Meggy Swann

by Karen Cushman

DPL Rating:
4

Alchemy and Meggy Swann is set in Elizabethan London, 1573, when many of the superstitions of the Medieval era were just starting to give way to the seeds of Empiricism; when the printing press was revolutionizing the ways people thought, read, and communicated; and when the theater was about to...

Hot Fall Nonfiction

Empress Dowager CIXI

Are you the kind of person that likes to settle in to fall with some good nonfiction? History, biography, memoir? Or maybe you're looking for some new recipes or home tips? We've got those too!  Check out these coming soon titles!

Biography, Memoir, and History:

Empress Dowager CIXI: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson

Gardening & Denver History, All Wrapped Up...

Lawrence Halprin's Skyline Park

Want to experience a piece of Denver history, get inspiration for your garden, or express your creativity? Look no further than a Fresh City Life My Branch program!

Here are your choices for Saturday, April 13:

At 11 a.m., volunteers from the Fairmount Heritage Foundation present The Civil War at Riverside Cemetery at the Sam Gary Branch. Riverside is home to more than 1,200 Civil War veterans, including three Medal of Honor recipients, soldiers who fought with the "Colored Troops," and even some Confederates. Come learn some of their stories!

Books & Authors, (Not) Well Behaved Women, and Cakes!

One Land Two Stories

After you recover from our Novel Night fundraiser on Friday, Fresh City Life My Branch continues to serve up a diversity of adult cultural programs for your learning pleasure!

We all know that Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Learn about some of the great female Colorado troublemakers in this presentation by the Fairmount Heritage Foundation on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Sam Gary. Encore presentation on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Unbound: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery

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"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery." -- President Barack Obama

For every triumph of human rights, there is a new corner of darkness somewhere in the world that needs the bright light of justice shone on it. And that light doesn't have to reach very far; Colorado is a hub for international human trafficking. A special task force has been formed to combat the problem.

Read up. Knowledge is empowering: many contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are reporting on this heartbreaking subject.

The Appalachian Trail : celebrating America's hiking trail

DPL Rating:
5

I've written about the Appalachian Trail here before, and this new book, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the AT, is a wonderful addition to the literature about the world's longest footpath. Filled with beautiful photographs and history, this book details the trail from dream to reality, the various people...

October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard

by Lesléa Newman

DPL Rating:
5

Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event, ...

Tiptoeing Towards the Holidays

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

While Halloween is behind us, there are many more holidays coming up to celebrate connections, honor our ancestors, and thank our military. Use Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programming as a jumping off point for (or a break from) your fall & winter celebrations!

You'll have several opportunities to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the next few days:

On the Hunt for Ghosts, History, Crafts, and Bread!

SpiritPI

On the hunt for great adult cultural programs? Look no further than Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Meet the Ghost Hunters on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch! Denver's leading ghost hunters, Spirit Paranormal Investigations, will provide a fun and informative presentation about ghosts and the art of ghost hunting. SpiritPI will share spooky stories about what it's like to investigate the paranormal and demonstrate the tools they use to detect ghosts.

Woody Guthrie : An Okie Centennial

Woody Guthrie

July 14th, 2012 marked what would've been Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday. Although he passed away in 1967, his legacy is as vibrant as ever.

Like many of my generation, I was introduced to Woody in my elementary school music class. Along with songs such as "And the Green Grass Grew All Around" and "Rainbow Connection," "This Land Is Your Land" was a staple of our teacher's singing selections. Of course we sang the sanitized version which excluded the political verses. I don't remember knowing who actually wrote it but it just went into the mental category of "Songs Everyone Knows."

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