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Western History / Genealogy News
November 2015

Recent Blog Posts

A Ghost at Georgetown, 1868


Many books and web pages have been written about the ghost of Edward Bainbridge haunting Georgetown, but few can point to documented evidence about Bainbridge's life. Where was Bainbridge from? Was he a miner? Did he have a history of violence?

Can YOU fill in the details of this ghost story using the Western History/Genealogy department's genealogy resources? Read more.
The Rocky Mountain News Lives at DPL


When the last Rocky Mountain News (RMN) rolled off the press in the winter of 2009, plenty of Colorado residents thought they'd seen the last of the venerable local tabloid. But thanks to a generous donation from RMN publisher Scripps-Howard, the paper's legacy lives on at the Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department.

Last year, DPL assumed ownership of the RMN's entire archive, including hundreds of thousands of photographs and clipping files. Now, after nearly a year of behind-the-scenes work by our WH/G catalogers and librarians, DPL is pleased to announce that the Rocky Mountain News digital photograph archives are now available to researchers across the world. Read more.

NEWS & Events

Tesoro Historic Lecture Series

Tesoro Historic Lecture Series

Join the Tesoro Cultural Center for our 2015/2016 Lecture Series featuring an exciting lineup of historians, authors, and professors who will explore topics pertaining to the 19th Century, particularly the early west. Evening lectures include a historically inspired dinner at the Fort following the lecture. Afternoon lectures are FREE and will be held at the Central Library.

The series begins on Sunday, October 25 with Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Elizabeth A. Fenn, author of Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People.

Learn more and view the complete schedule.


Sand Creek Massacre

Sand Creek Massacre

On November 29, 1864, a group of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians, mostly women and children, who had established a camp near Sand Creek, Colorado, were attacked by a group of U.S. Army volunteer soldiers commanded by Colonel John Chivington. Not only did Chivington's men kill unarmed civilians without quarter, they mutilated many of their victims and paraded their remains through the streets of Denver.

The Sand Creek Massacre was one of the darkest moments in Colorado history and an event that should never be forgotten.

At Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department, we have a large collection of both printed and archival Sand Creek Massacre-related materials that researchers can use to help explore this tragic event. Learn more and explore our resources.
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