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Western History / Genealogy News
October 2014
Welcome to Denver: Collage of sevral M.C. McClure Photographs

Welcome to the updated WHG Newsletter — and our new website!

You may have heard that we launched a new Genealogy, African American & Western History Resources website in September. The new site is easier to navigate, displays photos from our collection - many available for purchase -  and contains significantly more resources available online to help facilitate your research. Take a moment to check out the new site and let us know what you think.

Recent Blog Posts

View of Coors Field by Karle Seydel


This year, Westword named the Ballpark Neighborhood its “Best New Restaurant Neighborhood.”

The story of how this neighborhood went from rags to renaissance can be found in the papers of the late Karle Seydel, now available for research in DPL’s Western History/Genealogy Department (Level 5, Central Library). Read more.
Fingerprint and mug shot room

Denver's Other marijuana first

When Amendment 64 passed in 2008, Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana. That was not, however, the first time Colorado made marijuana history.

On October 5, 1937 at Denver’s Lexington Hotel, Samuel R. Caldwell and Moses Baca became the first people arrested for marijuana sale and possession under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 - which went into effect just three days earlier. Read more.


Wilderness Act author Howard Zahniser with Senator Lee Metcalf

The Wilderness Act: 50th anniversary exhibit

The Denver Public Library has teamed up with the Wilderness Society to present The Legacy of Wilderness, an exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act's passage in 1964, and the story of the dedicated advocates who worked to protected wilderness areas for all people to study and enjoy. The exhibit features artifacts, photographs, art and maps from the Western History/Genealogy Department's Conservation Collection archives. Exhibit continues until November 2. More information.
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