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January 2016

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What's the Meaning of The Feast of Seven Fishes?

What's the Meaning of The Feast of Seven Fishes?


If you grew up in an Italian-American household, there's a good chance that fish was a big part of your Christmas Eve festivities. This custom, which is sometimes known as the Feast of Seven Fishes, is often believed to have been brought over from the old country. In all likelihood, however, the Feast of Seven Fishes might be as American as apple pie (assuming apple pie is actually an American dish). Read more.
Cherry Creek Flood Film Footage

Cherry Creek Flood Film Footage


Check out the incredible film footage of the Cherry Creek Flood of 1933. Fast forward to 1:17 and see the footage of the home being swept away by the raging waters! Go to the post to watch the video.
Retired DPL Archivist Receives Award

Retired DPL Archivist Receives Award


At a December 16 meeting of The Denver Posse of Westerners, retired Denver Public Library archivist Dennis Hagen received the organization’s 2015 Fred A. Rosenstock Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western History.

Among other achievements, Dennis was cited for his management of DPL’s 10th Mountain Division archives and the thousands of reference transactions handled during his tenure as an archivist and special collections librarian. Read more.
Wow Photo Wednesdays

Wow Photo Wednesdays


Each Wednesday, WH/G staff member Randel Metz posts "Wow Photo Wednesday," a celebration of photographs in Denver Public Library's Digital Collections that have "The Wow Factor" and highlight the myriad of delightful nuggets in our photo archives. See more.
 

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Mining

Mining


Mining sources in the Western History/Genealogy Department include photographs, manuscripts, prospectuses, maps, magazines, and directories. These materials document the development of mining in the West. Our maps show mining claims and mining districts. Digital images show mines, machinery, ore processing facilities, mine interiors, mills, smelters and miners of all types. Learn more and explore our resources.
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