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Western History / Genealogy News
March 2015

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Denver: Birthplace of the Modern Library

Denver: Birthplace of the Modern Library

Walk into any public library in the country and you'll find open book stacks that are perfect for browsing; popular materials that are appealing to a wide range of users; and dedicated children's book areas. What most people probably don't realize is that these now-familiar concepts were pioneered by Denver's first City Librarian, John Cotton Dana. Read more.
"Selma Brought Us a Voting Bill" Martin Luther King, Jr. (1965)

"Selma Brought Us a Voting Bill" Martin Luther King, Jr. (1965)

A movement was started in Selma, Alabama in 1965. In Selma thousands of African Americans were struggling against malicious forces that barred them from the ballot box. A pattern of obstacles were forced upon thousands of African American voters to keep them ineligible to vote in Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Louisiana, Georgia, and Alaska. Read more.

Weird is now WoW

Wow Photo Wednesday

Wow Photo Wednesday

We here at Western History/Genealogy have made the decision to transform "Weird Photo Wednesday" into "Wow Photo Wednesday," for the simple reason that "Wow" casts a much wider net than "Weird." While "weird" can also be "wow," "wow" is not always "weird"... you get the idea. Read more.


George L. Beam, self portrait in lab apron examining plate


The Denver Public Library’s Western History/Genealogy Department collection of digitized photographs chronicles the people, places and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States. It is representative of works of many outstanding photographers. Subjects include Native Americans, pioneers, railroads, mining, Denver and Colorado towns, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and the 10th Mountain Division ski troops. Learn more and explore our resources.
All Denver Public Library locations will be closed Monday, March 30 in observance of César E. Chávez Day.
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