Western History Department will catalog and document items for research and future exhibits
The Denver Public Library seeks activist signs and other memorabilia from the 2018 Women’s March being held in Denver on Saturday, Jan. 20. Archivists from the Western History and Genealogy Department will catalog the items for research and historical purposes and make items available online. This is the second year the library has asked for items from the women’s gathering.
Attendees can drop off items at the Denver Central Library in the Western History and Genealogy Department on the fifth floor between Jan. 20-27. Donating items takes just a few moments and helps preserve historical artifacts for future use.
The library asked for similar donations after the Jan. 21, 2017 March in Civic Center Park, which drew more than 100,000 attendees. More than 1,300 digital photographs, protest posters, videos and ephemera were donated. Archivists sifted and evaluated the items and retained 265 in the collection. Items in the collection include posters, buttons, pink cat-eared “pussyhats” and photographs.
“We were blown away at the interest in donating items last year,” said Acquisitions Librarian Jamie Seemiller, who spearheaded the project. “There was a lot of interest in making the artifacts available for future generations and we want to do the same this year.”
This spring, the library will host the Pink Progression art exhibit, featuring the stories of seven women who participated in the Denver Women’s March in 2017. The exhibit will be held on the 7th Floor of the Central Library in the Vida Ellison Gallery from March 2 - June 29, 2018.
Photos and videos from the 2017 March are available on the library’s Digital Collections website and YouTube channel.
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