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Current Exhibits

more than a headstone: the lives & legacies of veterans at fort logan national cemetery

November 9, 2018 - March 15, 2019  | Upper Level, The Loft (AAC 340)

During Spring and Summer quarters 2018, History professors Elizabeth Escobedo and Carol Helstosky guided DU students through the process of researching the lives of veterans interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Colorado. This Autumn quarter, students will transform their research into an exhibit featuring materials from our Special Collections & Archives, as well as veterans' personal possessions collected from their families and communities. The exhibit will be displayed both at the Anderson Academic Commons, and as a digital exhibit through the University Libraries website.


Thru January 15, 2019 | Upper Level, Dean's Suite Area (AAC 370)

This retrospective exhibition showcases the work of Jacques Parker, created during his service as a machine gun squad leader in World War II. A member of the 10th Mountain Division (the first U.S. mountain and winter combat infantry), Parker's artistic hobby led to the creation of nearly 100 pencil, ink, and watercolor works during his deployment, revealing a first-person visual account of military life and skiing warfare. The University Libraries welcomes visitors to experience Parker's artistic legacy, presented for the first-time in the 10th Mountain Division's home state.


Thru April 2019 | Lower Level, Fogel Reading Room (AAC 101)

Created from the Lloyd Shaw Foundation Archives, Square Dance in the American West documents the transition from traditional square dance to modern western square dance. Beginning in 1940s Colorado Springs, Lloyd Shaw inspired a new faster-paced and exciting form of this social dance. This exhibit highlights Lloyd Shaw's contribution to square dance and its rise in popularity throughout the United States. The Lloyd Shaw Foundation Archives are part of the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library at the University of Denver's Special Collections and Archives.

Seeking Grace: early black alumnae at du

On Display | Morgridge College of Education, Ruffatto Hall, 2nd Floor

Seeking Grace: Early Black Alumnae at DU

This exhibit features the history of early Black alumnae at the University of Denver (1900-1945). Most histories of women of color at predominantly white institutions begin and end with "firsts" – the first student, first faculty member, etc. Much is known about DU's first Black woman graduate Emma Azalia Hackley (1900) but less so for the second Black woman graduate Grace Mabel Andrews (AB 1908) and the Black women who followed her during the first half of the twentieth century.

Grace, and so many Black women like her, appear in glimpses: a commencement program, a yearbook photograph, an entry in a census record, a mention in a newspaper. Her own records - diaries, photographs, letters - are not found in any institutional archives. This exhibit's title is deliberate; in seeking Grace's history, we also seek a measure of representation and reconciliation for her, and for all who followed in her footsteps.

Blazing the Trail: Colorado Jewish History

Ongoing | Lower Level, near Quiet Study Area (AAC 180)

The Gold Rush of 1859 brought the first Jewish Settlers to Colorado in search of opportunity and adventure. The unpredictability of gold mining and a growing demand for supplies encouraged many of the early Jewish pioneers to open small businesses. By the 1870s, Jewish families helped to establish stable communities in Denver as well as Leadville, Central City, Trinidad, and Pueblo as part of Colorado's development. This exhibit traces the central role of Denver's early Jews in the city's growth and prosperity.

Upcoming Exhibits 

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