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Western History / Genealogy News
April 2015

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Remembering Central Library Architect, Michael Graves

Remembering Central Library Architect, Michael Graves


The designer and architect of our beloved Central Library passed away on March 12. Michael Graves was not only architect of the building, but he also designed the carpet, the desks, and various other design features of the Library. Mr. Graves was a graduate of Harvard and lived in Princeton, New Jersey, but he designed many building across the west. Read more about Michael Graves and view a gallery of images of the architect and his work.
Barney Lancelot Ford (1822-1902) Pioneer. Activist. Agent of Change.

Barney Lancelot Ford (1822-1902) Pioneer. Activist. Agent of Change.


Barney Lancelot Ford left his mark on Colorado. He was a prominent businessman and African American civil rights pioneer in Colorado. Born on January 22, 1822 in Virginia, he grew up a slave and at the age of 17 or 18, traveled the Underground Railroad to Chicago. In Chicago, Ford taught himself to read and write, learned the barber's trade, and remained active with the Underground Railroad. Read more.

Events

The Caroline Bancroft History Prize

The Caroline Bancroft History Prize


The Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library awards the Caroline Bancroft Prize annually. According to the terms of the will of the late Caroline Bancroft, provision is made for an annual prize "to be awarded to the author of the best book on Colorado or Western American History published during the current year, to be known as the Caroline Bancroft History Prize." The 2015 prize will be in the amount of $1,000. Find out more about the prize, past winners and how to submit entries.

RESEARCH

Neighborhood History Guides

Neighborhood History Guides


Looking for in-depth information and images of some of Denver's historic neighborhoods like Auraria, Five Points-Whittier, Capitol Hill, Congress Park, East Colfax and many others? This is the place to start. Learn more and explore our resources.
All Denver Public Library locations will be closed Monday, March 30 and Sunday, April 5. View all Library holidays and closures.
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