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Time Machine Tuesday: President Lincoln’s Birthday

Today marks Abraham Lincoln’s 210th birthday. America’s most beloved President was born on February 12, 1809, in a log cabin in Kentucky, although he lived most of his life in Illinois (aside from his time in Washington, D.C.). In the decades following his death, several efforts were made to make Lincoln’s birthday a national holiday, […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Denver’s First Christmas

160 years ago, in December 1858, about fifty settlers gathered for Denver’s first Christmas celebration. Among the revelers was General William Larimer, Denver’s founder. Lured by the prospect of gold, Larimer and his party had reached Cherry Creek and the South Platte just a month earlier. There they found two towns, Auraria and St. Charles, […]

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Safe Holiday Shopping and Giving

This is the week when many people start their holiday shopping. ‘Tis also the season for charitable giving. Unfortunately, both of those activities can be spoiled by scammers and cybercriminals. So, before you start your holiday spending, be sure to check out the Colorado Attorney General’s Consumer Holiday Guide. This booklet offers smart tips on how to […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Springtime!!

Hooray for the first day of Spring!  Coloradans have always enjoyed springtime, with our mild and sunny weather.  A century ago, however, Coloradans celebrated more springtime holidays than we do today.  The State of Colorado Spring Holiday Book 1913 is a fun look back at some springtime holidays we still celebrate, like Mother’s Day, and […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The Sweeter Side of Colorado History

This Valentine’s Day you may find yourself the recipient of candies or cupcakes, or might be planning a special dessert to go with a romantic dinner.  Today is also “Fat Tuesday.” Desserts and sweets have long been a part of American culture.  But how has our sweet tooth changed over the last century?  The following […]

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Christmas Tree Recycling

It’s that time of year when the holiday decorations are coming down, and the Colorado State University Extension reminds us that, if you had a live tree, it is now “bedraggled and has probably become a terrible fire hazard. It’s time to get it out of the house. Please don’t just put it out for […]

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Holiday Pet Safety

The holidays can mean confusion — or new temptations — for your pets.  Some holiday foods and decorations can be hazardous to your pet.  Other circumstances, like traveling or parties/guests, can stress out our animal friends.  Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital has published some excellent tips for keeping your pets safe and stress-free during […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Christmas Traditions at Palmer Lake

One of Colorado’s most beloved Christmas traditions is the Yule Log Ceremony held every year in the town of Palmer Lake, in El Paso County.  The tradition was started in 1933 by Lucretia Vaile, who had seen a similar event in Lake Placid, NY.  Yule Log ceremonies date back to the ancient Norsemen as a […]

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'Tis the Season for Parking Problems

Holiday parties and crowded shopping malls, not to mention the possibility for winter weather, can make parking your car a major headache this time of year.  The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) wants you to be prepared so that your holiday festivities don’t get spoiled by having your car towed. The Public Utilities Commission, […]

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Tips for Safe Holiday Shopping

The holiday shopping season has arrived, and unfortunately, there are “grinches” out there who want to scam you.  Take a look at the Attorney General’s Consumer Holiday Guide for some great tips about secure shopping as well as information about charity fraud. Additionally, here are some tips from the Colorado Division of Banking on how […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Day

Her gleaming mountains capped with snow, Rolling plain and high plateau, Make the land the best I know– Sunny Colorado! — from the poem “Sunny Colorado” by Eugene Parsons August 1 is Colorado Day, the anniversary of Colorado’s statehood (August 1, 1876).  In 1913, the state’s Department of Public Instruction (now the Department of Education) […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Memorial Day

Before 1972, when Memorial Day began being celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day was traditionally held on May 30.  The holiday was established by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of Union veterans of the Civil War, in 1868 to commemorate and decorate the graves of deceased Union soldiers. […]

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St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish heritage and culture.  It’s also a holiday for all ages and therefore a great day for teaching youngsters about Irish traditions.  In The Ties That Bind, an arts lesson plan kit from the Colorado Council on the Arts, you can find a chapter on St. Patrick’s Day […]

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Holiday Food Safety

Don’t let food poisoning spoil your holidays!  Check out these resources from the Colorado State University Extension that offer tips on staying safe while enjoying some of our favorite holiday treats.  Do you make your own eggnog?  The raw eggs used to prepare eggnog can be contaminated with Salmonella.  Follow the tips in Holiday Food […]

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Tastes of Fall

October is a commemorative month for many of our favorite fall foods.  Publications from our library collection can help you learn about growing and preparing these foods. October is… American Cheese Month.Learn how to make your own with Making Soft Cheeses from the Colorado State University Extension. Apple Month.If you have apple trees, you can […]

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4th of July in Colorado

In 1983 Gov. Richard Lamm penned an article for Colorado Heritage magazine entitled “The Fourth of July in Colorado: A Perspective and a Hope.”  In it he told the story of how Independence Day had been celebrated in Colorado in its early days, including how celebrations went from partisan events to unifying ones; how boosters […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Flag Day

Today is Flag Day, celebrated annually on June 14.  Flag Day also celebrates a 100th anniversary milestone this year; it was officially established by proclamation of Woodrow Wilson in 1916.  Long before the official government commemoration, various unofficial “flag days” had been celebrated in locations around the country since after the Civil War.  The first […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Arbor Day

Coming up on Friday, April 22, we celebrate Earth Day.  The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.  It grew out of the celebration of Arbor Day, which also took place in April.  Arbor Day, a day for planting trees, began in Nebraska in 1855.  In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, […]

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Local Food for the Holidays

The Colorado Department of Agriculture encourages Coloradans to buy local this holiday entertaining season.  Their website includes resources such as a winter farmer’s market list, a Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, and Colorado Market Maker, an online database for locating Colorado food products. Farmer’s markets aren’t just for summer.  The Colorado Winter Farmer’s Market […]

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Preparedness Factsheets

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and www.readycolorado.gov, the State’s official preparedness website, are offering a set of fact sheets or “preparedness bulletins” on the Division’s website.  Intended for general audiences, the bulletins are quick summaries on how to prepare for a variety of disasters, including avalaches, earthquakes, electrical outages, fires and […]

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Constitution Day

How well do you know the U.S. and Colorado constitutions?  September 17 is nationally recognized as Constitution Day, a day that encourages learning and familiarity with the Constitution.  The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office publishes a booklet containing the Colorado and U.S. Constitutions, which they update whenever changes are made.  In our library you can […]