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No one can know which events are “epic” as they’re happening—that knowledge comes with time and perspective. Open a newspaper from the past 150 years, or the web today, and you’ll find endless events: birth and death notices, election results, disasters, advertisements to buy and sell everything. While the Epic Events exhibit showcases over three dozen events, it only scratches the surface. Use this timeline to peruse hundreds more from the past century and a half.

Historic Golden Newspapers

The Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library donated their local history collection to GHM&P in 2015. The gift included 180 rolls of microfilm and almost 150 years of the Transcript.

Responding to public demand, the museum quickly committed to making the resource publicly available by digitizing the collection and making them fully accessible and free online. Since obtaining the collection, the museum forged a partnership with both the Jefferson County Archives and the Colorado State Library to work with the existing Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection. Over the next four years, the Jefferson County Archives has generously pledged to help fund this digitization project and see it through to completion. 

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Digitization finally started last year. Issues of the Colorado Transcript from 1925 through June 1948 went live in December 2017. 

Look for yourself. For the first time anyone can easily jump in and explore the Depression and World War II eras in Jefferson County and Golden.


Other Trusted Resources

We offer the following links (in no particular order) to help you find the right local, county and state resources for your own needs. We use these same websites for our own research, and we know there’s always something new to discover.


Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

Jeffco Stories

Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado

Jeffco Historical Commission

Denver Public Library Western History Resources

Golden Landmarks Association

Jefferson County Archives

Jefferson County Historical Society

Westernaires Alumni

Colorado Encyclopedia

Denver Mountain Parks Foundation

Colorado School of Mines Arthur Lakes Library


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