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Western History / Genealogy News
September 2015

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A "Maelstrom of Humanity": Denver's Barbecue Riot, 1898

A "Maelstrom of Humanity": Denver's Barbecue Riot, 1898


What began as a free barbecue feast celebrating the closing of Denver's National Stock Growers' convention soon devolved into chaos. The following day, the Rocky Mountain News would tell the tale of an all-city barbecue that quickly turned from celebratory to sour when a crowd of 30,000 showed up to the event. Read more.
 
How to Dress Like a Gentleman of History...or a Hipster of Today

How to Dress Like a Gentleman of History...or a Hipster of Today


Fashion is very cyclical, fads come in and out of style constantly. In the 1970s the fashion of the 1940s was back, in the 2000s the fashion of the 1960s had a comeback. Hipsters of today nod to fashion of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the Western History / Genealogy archives we have a collection of trade catalogs that include several fashion catalogs that maintain advice and products eerily similar to the fashionable tastes of some of my Capitol Hill neighbors. Read more.

NEWS & Events

Emmy Awards Aren't Just for Actors

Emmy Awards Aren't Just for Actors


Congratulations to Coi Drummond-Gehrig, Western History/Genealogy Photo Sales Administrator, for winning a 2015 Heartland Regional Emmy Award. Coi helped research and choose photographs from the WHG photo collections for Rocky Mountain PBS. She won the Emmy for her archival research and skills in finding the right photographs for the Rocky Mountain PBS "Colorado Experience: Sand Creek Massacre" documentary.
 
Camp Derrick

Camp Derrick


On Friday, July 31, the Western History/Genealogy staff hosted an eager group of campers for our very first Camp Derrick, a genealogy camp for adults. The camp ran from 7-11 pm, and campers had the option to participate in a number of camp activities. These included tours of Stacks 1, Stacks 2, the art collection, and the archives, as well as singing genealogy-themed camp songs, and telling ghost stories under the derrick. Snacks included trail mix, pretzels, animal crackers, and juice boxes! All of our collections were available to campers throughout the event so that they could get plenty of research done, too.

Be sure to check the Genealogy, African American & Western History Resources website or Like us on Facebook to hear about future Camp Derrick events.

RESEARCH

Conservation Collection

Conservation Collection


The Conservation Collection was established in 1960 by author and conservationist Arthur H. Carhart, in cooperation with Denver City Librarian John Eastlick. Comprised of organizational records and personal papers, the Conservation Collection documents the history of the environmental movement in the United States from the early 20th century to the present. Learn more and explore our resources.
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