Western History/Genealogy News
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Western History / Genealogy News
February 2016

Recent Blog Posts

Wow Photo Wednesday: Kids of the Collection

Wow Photo Wednesday: Kids of the Collection

Wow ~ Kids Are Fun! Far from being a bunch of pictures of stodgy old people and long-gone buildings, our collection has bunches of fun photographs of children! From the many studio photos of children to all kinds of candid and staged shots, you can find great material that illustrates the wonderful world of boys and girls and their adventures. Read more.
Colorado Auto Racing: A Brief History

Colorado Auto Racing: A Brief History

In the summer months...Colorado driving can be pure heaven. If you like driving faster than the law permits, the Centennial State has long offered dirt track speedways where gearheads can put pedal to metal at their leisure.

These speedways, many of which have long since passed into memory, are the subject of an enjoyable book by Dan Radbruch titled, Dirt Track Auto Racing 1919-1941, a Pictorial History. Read more.

News & Events

(Un)Common Threads Photography Exhibit

(Un)Common Threads, Photography Exhibit

In (Un)Common Threads the members of the Rocky Mountain Monochrome Salon use black and white photography to weave a vibrant tableau in shades of gray, showing that what makes us the same can also make us wonderfully different. Featuring eight artists: Dave Barry, Jeffrey Graves, Christopher James, Ron Johnson, Linda Little, Michael Snively, Jacqueline Webster and Mike Whiteley. Runs through March 30 at the Central Library, Western History Art Gallery, Level 5.
Council for Western History and Genealogy

Council for Western History and Genealogy

A group of enthusiastic Western history-loving friends have joined to form the Council for Western History and Genealogy to heighten the important work of the library. We invite you to join us as charter members of this new and exciting group. The Council is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the status of the Western History and Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library as one of the world’s preeminent centers for research in Western Americana and related disciplines.

The Council for Western History and Genealogy is open to anyone interested in participating and donations to the Council are greatly appreciated. Funds raised through the Council are used to enhance collections, produce programs, digitize existing collections and for other ongoing departmental needs not covered by the Library’s general operating budget.

To join, contact:
Michele Bishop Development Manager

Special Thanks

Charles Albi – Western History Volunteer Celebrates 15 Years at DPL

Charles Albi – Western History Volunteer Celebrates 15 Years at DPL

Historian Charles Albi celebrates 15 years of volunteering in the Western History and Genealogy Department. His reason at the time, on why he wanted to volunteer in our department, was that he had just retired from the Colorado Railroad Museum and needed someplace where he could use his railroading skills. Barbara Walton, our Accessions Specialist (and his neighbor and friend) jumped at the chance to use his unique knowledge and help with our massive railroad collections. We are so thankful for his time and his ability to help us answer any railroad related question.




The Western History/Genealogy collection includes the full run of Denver's two major newspapers, the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post, as well as other newspapers that reported on Denver and many Colorado towns.

The Rocky Mountain News digital collections contains 300,000+ born digital photographs published from the 1990s to 2009. These include images of the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and other professional sports teams; events such as the visit to Denver by Pope John Paul II; the Oklahoma City trial; the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as the Rocky’s Pulitzer Prize photos. Learn more and explore our resources.
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