Reviews and Blog Posts: western history & genealogy

Want to know what Thomas Edison, Beatrix Potter, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller had in common?

Helen Keller

They all loved to read! 

In the late 1920's Mrs. Katherine Watson, a creative Children's Librarian at the Denver Public Library, had a great idea to get the children of Denver excited about reading by highlighting the books famous people of the time enjoyed reading as children. She wrote letters to 140 well-known men and women, ranging from authors to politicians to adventurers, asking what their favorite books were as kids. She sent a typed list of popular children's books, so the recipients could easily place a check next to their favorites and return the list.

Digital Collections Site Changes

Digital Collections

The Denver Public Library is excited to announce the newest updates to our Digital Collections website. The updates include a refreshed design, new content, powerful zoom tool, social tools, organized browse pages and an easy to use search and refine interface.

In addition to the popular western photos, art, maps and building plans that have been offered in the past, newly digitized materials have been added making searching for digital historical materials much easier:

Tom Noel, “Dr. Colorado” Honored as 12th Recipient of Denver Public Library’s Eleanor Gehres Award

Tom Noel, “Dr. Colorado”

On September 14, the Denver Public Library will recognize Thomas Jacob "Tom" Noel as the 12th recipient of the Eleanor Gehres Award, which was established in 2000 in honor of Ms. Gehres, who headed the Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department for 25 years.

Known as "Dr. Colorado," Tom has been involved with the Library serving on several committees for over 20 years, and has donated numerous materials and photos to the Western History and Genealogy Department. He is also one of the Library’s favorite customers.

Veterans Remembered

Francis Brown Lowry monument by John Paulding

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, the Spanish-American War and Nisei. Join us on Monday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch Library for this presentation by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteers Garry & Joan O’Hara.

Looking for a way to honor a Veteran this Veteran's day? Bring an unopened toiletry item to be donated to the Denver Veteran's Hospital for Veterans in need.

Books on these fascinating cemeteries:

Program: An Introduction to Veteran’s History Resources

727th AAA MG Battalion, Officers

Dennis Hagen, archivist with the Western History/Genealogy Department’s 10th Mountain Division Resource Center will present An Introduction to Veteran’s History Resources at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

Wednesday, November 17, 6 p.m.
Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library

The program includes information about the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s History Project, resources available through the National Archives and the Denver Public Library’s 10th Mountain Division Collection.

Trove of Maps at DPL

Sanborn Insurance Maps, photo from Denver Post

Did you see this article in the Denver Post about the Library's historical map collections? Trove of Maps at Denver Public Library takes explorer on historic trip (8/31/2010).

It talks about historic Sanborn Fire Insurance maps that show historical views of Denver and other places. "As buildings changed, the maps were updated with paste-overs.... It's like showing geologic layers of Denver."
 

Creating Communities Website: Survey

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Have you had a chance to check out the new Creating Communities website? Take this short survey and tell us what you think.

The Creating Communities website is live! We encourage you all to explore the website and learn more about the history of Denver.

Exhibit: Pieces of Our Past

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May 7 - August 31
The Central Library, Gates Reading Room - Level 5

A two-part exhibit examining Denver's preservation history, developed by Historic Denver, Inc. and on display at the Molly Brown House Museum and the Denver Central Library. 


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