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Regional History and Genealogy

Regional History and Genealogy - PPLD's Special Collections
Regional history and genealogy collections at Pikes Peak Library District are held by Special Collections in the 1905 Carnegie Library. The Regional History collection includes books, maps, manuscripts and archives, photographs, oral histories, films and videos, government documents, pamphlets, periodicals, and other materials related to the history of the Pikes Peak region. The Genealogy collection contains extensive family history research materials, covering the entire United States from Colonial times to the present, including books, periodicals, and access to major genealogical databases.

 


Regional History and Genealogy Resources

Reading Lists

Regional History and Genealogy Programs and Classes

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Digging For Your Family Roots

When: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: High Prairie Library - 7035 Old Meridian Rd. at High Prairie Meeting Room

Monthly meeting for those researching their Family History.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: East Library - 5550 N. Union Blvd. at F1

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Childrens Room

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Genealogy on the Internet

When: Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Fountain Library - 230 S. Main Street at Fountain Meeting Room

Learn more about your family history and genealogy using free online websites.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Carnegie Reading Room

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Laptop/Projector

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Walking Tour of Historic Old Colorado City

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Old Colorado City Library - 2418 West Pikes Peak at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Join library staff for a free 45 minute walking tour of historic Old Colorado City. No registration necessary, but groups should call ahead. Please come prepared for weather--sunny or cool accordingly. In case of rain, a slideshow will be presented in the library meeting room. Contact David if you have questions.

Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library - 2418 West Pikes Peak at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Everyone is welcome! Contact this group through the link below to find out more. Visit as a guest for free. Members pay annual dues.

Tentative Special Collections Book Release

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Carnegie Reading Room

Tentative Special Collections Book Release

Tentative Special Collections Book Release

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Aspen/Pine Room

Tentative Special Collections Book Release

DNA Study Group

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Childrens Room

To learn more about genetic genealogy

History Buffs

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Monument Library - 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive at Monument Meeting Room

History Buffs

Genealogy 101: Vital Records

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: High Prairie Library - 7035 Old Meridian Rd. at High Prairie Meeting Room

Vital Records and their many substitutes give us the data to make up our ancestral "skeletons". By providing dates for the major events of birth, marriage and death, these "bare bones" facts about our ancestors' lives form the foundation of our research. Come to learn to excavate the "skeletons" in your family closet. This will be a "hands-on" class so bring your research.

Genealogy Level II Workshop

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: East Library - 5550 N. Union Blvd. at East Community Meeting Room

Vital Records, Church & Cemetery Records, Newspapers and Immigration Records Prerequisite: Level I Genealogy

Genealogy on the Internet

When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Fountain Library - 230 S. Main Street at Fountain Meeting Room

Learn more about your family history and genealogy using free online websites.

Digging For Your Family Roots

When: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: High Prairie Library - 7035 Old Meridian Rd. at High Prairie Meeting Room

Monthly meeting for those researching their Family History.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: East Library - 5550 N. Union Blvd. at F1

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Childrens Room

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: East Library - 5550 N. Union Blvd. at East Community/Annex


Enduring Legacies & Forgotten Landmarks:
The Built Environment of the Pikes Peak Region

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

** PLEASE MAKE A SEPARATE RESERVATION FOR EACH ATTENDEE **

8:30 a.m.—Doors Open at East Library

9 a.m.—Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15–10:45 a.m.
Architects

* Leah Davis Witherow—"Defining an Aesthetic for Colorado Springs: The Work of Thomas MacLaren"

* Volker M. Welter—"California Under the Kissing Camels: W. S. White, Architect, in Colorado Springs"

* Kathleen F. Esmiol—"The Wright Vision for the West: Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, Architect"

* Elaine Freed—"Modernist Architect Jan Ruhtenberg: His Work in Colorado"

Mike Olsen—Questions & Answers

10:45–11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Legacies

* Donald Sanborn & Eric Swab—"The Changing Façades of the Pikes Peak Summit"

* Katherine Scott Sturdevant—"Still Rising From the Ashes: The Victor Miners Union Hall"

* Steve Ruskin—"A ‘Grand Wigwam’ of Science: The Forgotten Legacy of Colorado College’s Palmer Hall"

* Rick Sturdevant—"The Cheyenne Mountain Citadel: Its Construction & Enduring Legacy"

Mike Olsen—Questions & Answers

12:30–1:15 p.m. Complimentary Light Lunch

1:15–3:15 p.m.
Landmarks

* Michael L. Olsen—"Are We There Yet? Highways, History & Heritage"

* Matt Mayberry—"To Power a City: Coal Mining in Colorado Springs"

* Ruth Obee—"Colorado Springs’s Dilemma: The Built Versus the Natural Environment"

* Fawn-Amber Montoya, Judy Baca, Kellie Cason O'Connor, Dawn DiPrince, Deborah Baca Duran, Vera Estrada, Sophia Healey, Jose Ortega—"The Salt Creek Memory Project"

Mike Olsen—Questions & Answers

3:15–4:30 p.m.
Reception & Dianne Hartshorn—"Evergreen Cemetery: Virtue Lives Beyond the Grave, How a Prairie Became a Park"

Schedule and speakers subject to change.


Walking Tour of Historic Old Colorado City

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: Old Colorado City Library - 2418 West Pikes Peak at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Join library staff for a free 45 minute walking tour of historic Old Colorado City. No registration necessary, but groups should call ahead. Please come prepared for weather--sunny or cool accordingly. In case of rain, a slideshow will be presented in the library meeting room. Contact David if you have questions.

Be Careful What You Ask For! The Darker Side Of Genealogy

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Where: Ruth Holley Library - 685 North Murray Blvd. at Ruth Holley Meeting Room

Enhance your family history search with a focus on events outside of typical milestones. Presentation will introduce access to resources on matters such as divorce, incarceration, and indebtedness.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Carnegie Reading Room

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

When: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Penrose Library - 20 North Cascade at Penrose Laptop/Projector

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Pikes Peak Computer Genealogists

When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: Old Colorado City Library - 2418 West Pikes Peak at Old Colorado City Meeting Room

Everyone is welcome! Contact this group through the link below to find out more. Visit as a guest for free. Members pay annual dues.

Genealogy 101: Census Schedules

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: High Prairie Library - 7035 Old Meridian Rd. at High Prairie Meeting Room

Census schedules are one of the most used records sets explored by the family historian. They are easily accessed, fast, fun and greatly satisfying, but are we missing all the clues to information they hold? Come discover the many "secrets" of the census and how to use their "hidden treasure" to further your research. This will be a "hands-on" class so bring your research.

Regional History and Genealogy Videos

So You Want to be a Genealogist...

Regional History Videos

Historical Videos