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  • May 11, 2017

    John Buchholz to be honored at 2017 Nimon-Walker Award

    First, let's get those details to you:    What: The 16th Annual Nimon-Walker Award honoring John Buchholz Where: Eagle Public Library, Eagle, Colorado When: Sunday, May 21st 2:00-4:00 PM Special presentation by F. Darrell Munsell, author of "Colorado Artist Jack Roberts: Painting the West"      Read More »

  • Apr 01, 2017

    Digital Archive 101

    Change can be hard, but we are confident you'll love the new Digital Archive. Watch this quick tutorial to learn how to locate, navigate, and discover everything we have to offer! And as always, if you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact the library by phone (970-328-8800) or email us ( We'd love to help!     Read More »

  • Jan 02, 2017

    Year in Review

    In case you've been living under a rock...  2016 rocked for local history!  It was a banner year for our not-so-little archive and we're taking one more chance to remind ourselves--and thank our patrons-- for all the amazing work we've done this year. Here are my top 5 highlights:       Read More »

  • Nov 17, 2016

    Photoshop in the Archive

    I really know my history. I mean, I better know my history. I’m the Local History Librarian, after all. I credit my expertise to the caliber on my mentors, like when Teddy Roosevelt and I went on that hiking trip. We had a great time, the guy is pretty sharp. Here's a picture of us having fun. (He said I should have brought a jacket and long pants, but I laughed and said, "Oh, Teddy! That's a good one!")     Read More »

  • Oct 03, 2016

    Nimon-Walker Award Event Honored at Governor's Awards

    Since 2001, the library has partnered with the Eagle County Historical Society to recognize individuals whose work has helped preserve the history of Eagle County through the Nimon-Walker Award.   When I took over our Local History department, I remember thinking, How can the library give such a specific award every year? There’s really someone in the area every single year that has done something amazing for local history? Wait, that many people are interested in local history? The answer...    Read More »

  • Sep 01, 2016

    The CCC Boys in Eagle County

    It’s 1934. You’re about to turn 18 in the middle of the Great Depression—what sort of luck is that? No job, no prospects, trying to help your parents feed the family any way you can. One day, you’re using your last ration stamp for sugar and you see a sign: the United States government has created a work program and it pays $1 a day. Food, water, shelter, even clothing. Did I mention it pays $1 a day? It’s hard, manual labor, but at least you’ll be outdoors. You ask yourself: Where do I sign...    Read More »

  • John Comer and Water Wheel
    Apr 25, 2016

    2016 Nimon-Walker Award @ the Avon Public Library

    2016 Nimon-Walker Award: Recognizing individuals and families who help preserve the history of Eagle County since 2001. In 1969, John Comer purchased the Water Wheel Ranch. The ranch is home to the Brooks-Dixon waterwheel, originally constructed in the early 1920’s to irrigate pastures. Thanks to Comer’s special attention to detail and unending local appreciation and support, this piece of Eagle County history has been restored not once, but three times, to its original specifi...    Read More »

  • Aspen to Vail road sign picture
    May 14, 2015

    A Great Sign

    Some signs just make you happy. This particular sign is at the Costco turnoff [local directions] on Highway 6 between Gypsum and Eagle, also the road to the Eagle County Airport.  Yes, it’s in Gypsum.  And, yes, it is directing traffic to Vail [go right] or Aspen [go left].    Read More »

  • ”Clarence, son of A. S. & __ Johnson, May 20, 1892–July 24, 1892
    May 01, 2015

    Insurance (No Gecko)

    The Woodmen of the World was founded in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 6, 1890. It was open to white males ages 18 to 45, excluding men in dangerous employment [e.g. gunpowder factory workers]. As an insurance organization, its membership costs were minor and each member was guaranteed a tombstone. In 1899, the tree stump was adopted for the official tombstone to represent equality. These “treestone” memorials were made locally, most often a concrete stump.    Read More »


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