Subject Guides at your library

Subject Guides at Mesa County Libraries

Did you know that we have some great subject guides on our website?  A subject guide is a web page or set of web pages that are created by library staff and provide an overview of a topic.  With guides on community resources and services, downloadable and streaming media, education resources, genealogy, legal information, taxes, […]

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Starting Your Genealogy or Local History Research

Do you have a burning local history topic that you’d like to investigate, or a family history mystery that you want to solve? Mesa County Libraries and other libraries have some great resources for the beginning researcher. Patrons often come in looking for an article about a family member or ancestor. If you have a […]

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Local History Thursday: Ute Removal and the End of the Colorado Frontier (Nathan Meeker, part 2)

Read part one, “Temperance and the Colorado Frontier.” Content Warning: This story describes racist attitudes towards Native Americans during the 19th Century and includes some graphic depictions of violence. Reader discretion is advised. As Nathan Meeker departed from Greeley to the Indian Agency on the White River, he reflected on his past experiences in self-sufficient […]

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Local History Thursday: Temperance and the Colorado Frontier (Nathan Meeker, part 1)

Read part two, “Ute Removal and the End of the Colorado Frontier” When you think of the Old West, what comes to mind? For most people, it’s images of saloons, drunken cowboys, and whiskey flowing like water. It’s usually assumed that most pioneers had a strong appetite for alcohol, at least outside of Mormon country. […]

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Local History Thursday: Splitting the Atom, Project Rulison and Project Rio Blanco

When you take a core of enriched uranium-235 and start flinging neutrons at it, something very special happens. First, the neutron strikes the nucleus of a single atom of uranium-235, causing it to split into fragments. Then, these fragmented atoms release neutrons of their own, which strike the nucleus of neighboring atoms, causing a cascading […]

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