(LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Jan. 15, 2014) Golden History Museums, a division of the City of Golden, and Jefferson County Public Library announced today an agreement to consolidate the Golden History Collection at the Golden History Center. Under terms of the agreement, the library will donate its local history holdings to the City, including dozens of reference books, historic maps, directories, copies of photographs and topical research files filled with newspaper clippings. In addition, microfilm media of historic Golden and Jefferson County newspapers, currently housed at the Lakewood Library, will be returned to Golden and housed at the History Center.
“We are thrilled to accept the Library’s donation of historical materials,” said Nathan Richie, director, Golden History Museums. “This action assures that this valued resource will remain publically and locally accessible. In addition, we are excited about the catalytic potential this collection has on our ability to better serve the Golden Community.”
“We are happy to consolidate the library’s Golden history collection at the History Center,” said Carroll Mannino, Golden Library manager. “It supports their mission to collect and care for historic assets, and they have the resources and expertise to do it well. This transfer assures that the collection will be properly preserved for generations to come.”
The transfer of materials should be completed by mid-March, and will be made available, once the items have been properly inventoried and the museum has developed appropriate systems for displaying and managing the collection.
“Granting access to these resources is of utmost importance to Golden History Museums,” Richie continued. “At this point, it’s too early to predict exactly when that will happen. That said, we look forward to assessing the contents of the collection and formulating a plan for preserving, growing, and sharing these materials with the Golden Community.”
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and an eTrain mobile computer training lab, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org.
About the Golden Library
The Golden Library is the oldest public library in Jefferson County. First established in 1913, it joined the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) system in 1961 and is now one of 10 public libraries serving Jefferson County residents. The library moved to its current location along Clear Creek Trail in 1996, making it an easy walking and biking destination for residents, and popular with visitors summering at the nearby Clear Creek RV campground. Recently, JCPL partnered with the City of Golden to undertake a remodel of the Golden Library, paving the way for the delivery of 21st century library services. The remodel, currently in the design phase, has an expected completion date in mid-2015. For additional information, visit jeffcolibrary.org/locations/golden-library.
About Golden History Museums
Established in 1938, Golden History Museums’ (GHM) engages and inspires visitors about Golden’s history, collects and cares for historic assets, and researches and shares stories of Golden’s past and people. A division of the City of Golden’s Parks and Recreation Department, GHM operates three public venues: the 1867 Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park, and the Golden History Center. GHM also stewards a growing collection of more than 15,000 objects. More information is available at www.GoldenHistory.org.