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Western History / Genealogy News
September 2016

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HAVING FUN DURING THE HARDEST OF TIMES

HAVING FUN DURING THE HARDEST OF TIMES

As the first United States Army Division to go through high-altitude and ski training, it can be argued that the 10th Mountain Division took part in some of the most rigorous training maneuvers the Army had ever seen. However, times at Camp Hale, Colorado weren’t devoid of all fun. The camp’s mascot, for example, was a panda bear on skis, as seen on this information booklet from the Carleton B. Shay collection.  Read more.

SUMMER READING SIZZLES WITH WHG'S FREE EBOOK 'BEST OF THE WEST'

SUMMER READING SIZZLES WITH WHG'S FREE EBOOK 'BEST OF THE WEST'

Looking for a fun summer vacation read that's heavy on Colorado history, but easy on the pocketbook? Look no further than Best of the West 2015a free e-book from Denver Public Library's Western History and Genealogy Department. 

Best of the West 2015 is, as the title indicates, a compendium of our most popular blogs from 2015. (Though sharp-eyed readers will note that several of them were published before 2015, they still rated as our most popular as measured by pages views.) These includes articles about beloved Denver sites such as Lakeside Amusement Park and Cheesman Park. Read more

News & Events

BEST WEDNESDAY EVER - THE BEST OF WOW PHOTO WEDNESDAY

BEST WEDNESDAY EVER - THE BEST OF WOW PHOTO WEDNESDAY

Next time you're strolling down lovely Larimer Square, squint your eyes a bit and try to imagine the days when that end of Larimer Street was a wild and wooly skid row. (And if you're having trouble conjuring that image, check out our Wow Photo Wednesday from June 28.)

UNCOVERING THE HISTORY OF DENVER'S HOMES

UNCOVERING THE HISTORY OF DENVER'S HOMES

Are you dying to know how much it cost to build that historic house you've always loved? Want to know what year your house was built, who lived there, and what they did for a living? Curious about the architecture in your neighborhood?

Denver's real estate market may be in a frenzy these days, but here in the Western History and Genealogy Department, we look to the past to help people uncover the stories of their homes and favorite buildings. Read more

RESEARCH

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 19TH CENTURY: A PROCESS IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 19TH CENTURY: A PROCESS IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

This book is a guide to the identification and dating of all the known types of black and white 19th century photographs on all bases. It includes common commercial types as well as rarities and home-made varieties. The aim was to make this a self-sufficient reference for such readers as educators, students, historians, collectors, museums, photographers, antique dealers, and individuals seeking to identify and date family photographs.​  Read more

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