Arts and Culture

Help build a civic scrapbook on the DPL's Creating Your Community social archive

If social media is the communication tool of the future, the Denver Public Library doesn't want to be left in the dust, and that's why the library will launch its ambitious Creating Your Community (CYC) social archive -- a participatory opportunity for people to share stories of their Colorado heritage and family history -- today on its existing interactive website.

In preparation, the DPL has already digitized a wealth of historical information and records about Denver neighborhoods. Now it's your turn to transform that repository into a mosaic of personal stories by uploading your own images and documents and combining them with those already in the collection. Think of it as a giant scrapbook for Denver history, preserved online on a person-by-person basis. The possibilities are endless.

Sound complicated? To help you get started, the Denver Central Library will host a launch event and demonstration this morning from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Featuring a story by Denverite Gary M. Jackson about his family's connection to the black-owned Lincoln Hills resort that operated west of Boulder from the 1920s to the 1960s, the presentation takes place in the library's B2 Conference Center.

And after that, the Central Library will host monthly scanning open houses in the fourth-floor Community Technology Center, where contributors can digitize their materials (patrons will be allowed up to three items no larger than 8.5" x 11.7"). The first session is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

Find out more on the DPL website, where you can also start creating your community.

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