So what are the laws regarding child restraints in vehicles? Our library has several informational publications that can help you. These include Child Restraint in Automobiles brochure from the CSU Extension, and CDOT's brochure When Your World Rides with You: A Guide to Protecting Your Kids with Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts. The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment conducted a study, Booster Seat Use Among Colorado Children, 2004 and 2005, also available from our library. We also have a number of older brochures on child restraint from CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, and the Colorado Dept. of Highways. For statistics on child motor vehicle injuries, see CDPHE's publication Motor Vehicle Occupant Injuries for Colorado Children Ages 0 to 14.
- The Beast, by Benjamin Barr Lindsey. This centennial reprint of the 1910 classic is Lindsey's memoirs on fighting the rampant political corruption in Denver in this era. Includes a new introduction by historian Stephen J. Leonard and a new index.
- Dr. Charles David Spivak, A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement, by Jeanne E. Abrams. Abrams, a noted historian of Jewish Colorado, tells the story of a doctor who worked with tuberculosis patients in Denver's Jewish Consumptive Relief Society (JCRS).
- A Chinaman's Chance: The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier, by Liping Zhu, explores this one immigrant group's struggles in early-day Colorado.
- The Archaeology of Class War: The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914, by Karin Larkin and Randall H. McGuire, digs up history on Ludlow and the surrounding area.
- From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood's Struggle Against the United Mine Workers of America, by F. Darrell Munsell also tells the story of Ludlow, this time through the eyes of a wealthy financial capitalist.
- The Gospel of Progressivism: Moral Reform and Labor War in Colorado, 1900-1930, by R. Todd Laugen also explores the southern Colorado labor war.
- Thomas F. Walsh: Progressive Businessman and Colorado Mining Tycoon, by John C. Stewart explores the story of a man who made millions in mining, befriended President Taft, had a daughter who owned the Hope Diamond, and played an important role in Colorado Progressivism.
We also have a number of other, older books on these topics in our library, including:
- "Remember Ludlow"! from the Colorado Historical Society
- The Great Coalfield War, by George S. McGovern and Leonard F. Guttridge, University Press of Colorado
- Tom Patterson: Colorado Crusader for Change, by Sybil Downing and Robert E. Smith, University Press of Colorado
- Lessons of Leadville, or, Why the Western Federation of Miners Turned Left, from the Colorado Historical Society
Also, be sure and check out the Colorado Historical Society's commemorative book Western Voices, which includes several essays on Progressivism, including a biography of Big Bill Haywood, the history of women's right to vote in Colorado, and the story of how mine laborers contributed to Colorado's having three governors in one day in 1904!
There are two types of archaeology - prehistoric and historic. Prehistoric archaeology deals with ancient civilizations, while historical archaeology deals with looking for clues to more recent events, at places such as battlefields or even under the former outhouses of old buildings. The Colorado Historical Society, in excavating the site of their new museum currently being constructed, conducted an archaeological excavation that turned up many clues to the people that lived in homes formerly on the site, even down to old childrens' toys. Since most sites in downtown Denver have had as many as four or five different buildings on the same site in the last 150 years, there are many layers of artifacts to be found.
Not only the historical society, but also the Colorado Department of Transportation, play an important role in the State's oversight of Colorado's archaeological resources, both prehistoric and historic. CDOT's reports on their archaeological excavations are available from our library. The state also makes sure that most prehistoric archaeological sites are not publicized, so that ancient items in places such as the Four Corners region, with its Puebloan heritage, can stay in tact. It is important to remember that you can be prosecuted for theft if you remove artifacts from protected state and federal lands.
Recently, our library received several new books from the University Press of Colorado that deal with our state's archaeology, and what it tells us about the people who came before us. Here are a few of the interesting new titles you can now find in our collection:
- Archaeological Landscapes on the High Plains
- Frontiers in Colorado Paleoindian Archaeology : From the Dent Site to the Rocky Mountains
- Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology of the Colorado High Country
- Ice Age Hunters of the Rockies
- Late Paleoindian Occupation of the Southern Rocky Mountains : Early Holocene Projectile Points and Land Use in the High Country
- The Archaeology of Class War : The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914
- Denver : An Archaeological History