Local History Thursday: Discipline, Order And Boxing Matches In Town And Rural Schools

In these days of quarantine and online schooling, parents of antsy, hyperactive kids everywhere are wondering how to provide discipline that works (my own kids have interrupted me several times as I write this blog post. Fun!). Discipline has always been a concern of classroom teachers, but interviews from teachers and former students in Western […]

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Local History Thursday: Tips For Backyard Scavengers, Metal Detectorists, And Antiquities Hunters

Working at libraries, particularly those with vibrant historical collections, you meet all kinds of artifact hunters. Occasionally, they let drop a hint or two about how they go about their business. While I cannot vouch for the man in Denver who claimed to be following plans for the recovery of buried treasure (supposedly passed from […]

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Local History Thursday: When Grand Junction Had A Socialist Mayor

In 1912, Eugene Debs, the union leader, fiery orator, and perennial socialist candidate for president, received over  900,000 votes during the presidential election, or 6% of the popular vote (consider that before women’s suffrage and our country’s population expansion, the number of eligible voters was far lower than today). In the aftermath of the Panic […]

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Local History Thursday: Language Learning Resources In The Local History Collection

Mesa County Libraries have plenty of resources to delight those interested in history, such as our Veterans Remember collection of interviews, the Mesa County Oral History Project collection, our online obituaries, and the Rashleigh Regional History Room in the Central Branch. But did you know that our history collection also contains linguistic knowledge that, due […]

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