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Western History / Genealogy News
June 2015

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Housing Crisis in Denver isn't unique to 2015

Housing Crisis in Denver isn't unique to 2015


Denver is changing and growing fast. Over the last few months I have seen my friends' rents increase, house prices skyrocket, and Denver neighborhood demographics rapidly change. It's an exciting and often stressful time for Denverites, but this isn't the first boom and crisis we've seen. Using the Western History Subject Index I was able to find several articles with headlines that could easily be seen in today's paper. The housing crisis in the 1940s went on for half of the decade. Other headlines from the 1940s read "Governor warns possibility he will call special session of legislature to curb sky-rocketing rents in state," and "Council passes ordinance limiting rent increases to 10%." After World War II ended there was a shortage of housing for returning veterans and the city struggled to keep up with young men returning to the workforce and seeking homes in the metro area. Read more.
 
The Diving Elk of Denver's Chutes Park

The Diving Elk of Denver's Chutes Park


While many of today's Denver residents seek their thrills at Elitch Gardens or Lakeside Amusement Park, 116 years ago, they headed to Chutes Park. Chutes Park, known as "Arlington Park" from 1892-1898, was an early business venture of Robert Speer (Denver Mayor, 1904-1912). In May 1899, one of the "spectacular things" at Chutes Park was W. H. Barnes' team of diving elk. Read more.

Events

James Russell Sherman Reception

James Russell Sherman Reception


You are cordially invited to attend a reception celebrating the James Russell Sherman Retrospective on Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m., in the Gates Reading Room, Level Five of the Central Library.
 
Mapping in the Early 20th Century - Lecture

Mapping in the Early 20th Century - Lecture


Join us at the Central Library, Level B2 Conference on Monday, June 1 for a lecture entitled "Promotional Cartographies: The Clason Map Company and the American West 1903-1931" presented by Bill Wyckoff. This lecture is part of Rocky Mountain Map Society's Map Month, a joint program by RMMS, the Denver Public Library and the University of Denver. You may also browse the events calendar for more History and Genealogy programming at the Library.

RESEARCH

Building Plans and Drawings

Building Plans and Drawings


This collection contains plans and drawings from significant regional architects including Fisher and Fisher, Temple Buell, Gove and Walsh, Burnham Hoyt, Victor Hornbein and William Muchow. Learn more and explore our resources.
All Denver Public Library locations will be closed Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25. View all Library holidays and closures.
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