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

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.

“Without the Denver Public Library’s fabulous Western History & Genealogy Department, I and other historians, writers and teachers would be in big trouble,” says Noel. “Nowhere on this planet can you find a more extensive collection of Coloradoiana or a friendlier, more knowledgeable, and more helpful staff.”

Visit the Western History and Genealogy News Blog for more information about Tom Noel, the Eleanor Gehres Award and the upcoming reception.

Written by lauriekm on July 27, 2011


Dana Bennett on August 9, 2011


I'm glad to see Tom Noel being recognized for his devotion to Colorado's history, art and artists, and ongoing developments in Denver and the state. He is so enthusiastic and entertaining about Denver and Colorado.

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