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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: 


April Adult Programs at Eagle Library posted by Robyn


Monday, April 20th at 6 p.m.

Calling all poetry writers and readers!  Please join us for a poetic evening at the Eagle Library, in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Bring in your best poem to share with the group, read from one of your favorite poets, or just come in to listen!  Refreshments provided.  For more info, call Robyn at 328-8800.


Thursday, April 23rd @ 6 p.m.

Shop Locally!

On May 12, 1939, the Eagle Valley Enterprise published an article thanking local firms that helped build Eagle County.  After ten years of Depression economics, businesses were hard-pressed to stay open. 

Thankful, We Are

It’s the season to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for what comes to us.  Eagle County, largely agricultural until the past few decades, has always known how to throw a good dinner.  The Home Demonstration Club of Brush Creek put together the Eagle County Cook Book in the late 1930s with some fascinating recipes contributed by women with very familiar names in Eagle County.  As we enjoy our celebrations this week, let’s remember some of these women. 

Mile Marker 141, I-70

Eagle County possesses beautiful horizons seen in every direction.  The mountains and valleys provide a strong sense of place, that character that can be felt by locals and visitors alike, contradicting Gertrude Stein’s, “there is no there there.” Being interested in local history, I find that it is frequently the horizon and geography that can identify an otherwise uncaptioned photo.  The photo below could be any town but the placement of Castle Peak in the background is an obvious clue that the town is Eagle and the street is Broadway, the main street in old town Eagle.  Looking north on Broadway, one finds Castle Peak as the dominant feature on the horizon. 2011.014.055

H2Know Colorado

Each year, the Eagle Valley Library District and the Walking Mountain Science Center present the High Country Speaker Series.  H2Know Colorado, this year’s winter series, focuses on water, something we’re all interested in, especially given the current drought conditions. As part of the EVLD focus, there is an exhibit of six topographic maps of the Eagle River printed in 1954 by the U.S. Geological Survey.  With accompanying historical photographs from our collection, the exhibit begins at the western end of the Eagle River and goes upstream to the headwaters in six beautifully drawn contour sheets. The seventh sheet is a profile sheet showing the various elevations of the river as it drains Eagle County. Eagle River, looking east, with the town of Eagle in the background, circa 1930. Eagle River, looking east, with the town of Eagle in the background, circa 1930.

Number Crunching: It All Adds Up

When I arrived at the Eagle Valley Library District in 2006, I found a beautiful legacy collection of historical photos collected by the Eagle County Historical Society.  For the most part, they were photographs of photographs, enlarged and printed as 8x10 inch pictures.  Each enlargement was in a plastic sleeve and they were stacked in a filing cabinet.  There were paper indexes [indices for those of us who have been around a while] and photocopies for access. With software and equipment support from the Library District, digitization began in the fall of 2006.  The end result is an online presence for these wonderful images, searchable by keyword, subject and  name. The Hockett House at 203 Howard Street, first image digitized for our website. The Hockett House at 203 Howard Street, first image digitized for our website.