Summary: Nancy Dorn presents humorous anecdotes about two events that took place during the University Park Community Council's annual Christmas Carol Sings at Observatory Park, Denver, Colorado, during the 1970s. She relates a story about a misunderstanding with an artificial Christmas tree, and another about the misfortunes of the members of a brass band who play their instruments outside in cold weather.
Summary: Andrew Gassman, Chamberlin Observatory astronomer, provides a brief history of Chamberlin Observatory, which is located in Observatory Park in the University Park area of Denver, Colorado. Gassman notes that the observatory was built for research in 1896 and at the time of its construction was located far from populated, lighted areas that might interfere with its operation. He relates that as the surrounding area became populated, the function of the Observatory changed from a research facility for astronomers to a facility to educate students and the public about astronomy. Gassman also discusses the historical features of the Observatory.
Summary: Arthur Krieger provides general information about the University Park area of Denver, Colorado since moving to the area in the 1930s. He offers a critique on the design and construction of the Valley Highway (known as I-25, Denver's North-South Interstate Highway) in the 1950s and comments on the noise and pollution it brought to the area. Krieger also notes that he is a former scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 5, Denver, Colorado.
Summary: Carolyn Etter shares her memories of the University Park area of Denver, Colorado, including the professions of the individuals in the neighborhood, business development in University Park, and changes in both transportation services and traffic flows.
Summary: Chuck and Dorothy Haines discuss details about the University Park area of Denver, Colorado and the changes that have taken place since they moved to the neighborhood. They talk about the local schools, passenger and freight train service in the area, and local businesses including the pharmacy and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store. They discuss the relationship between the neighborhood and the University of Denver, highlighting the friction between the two groups in the past. Chuck Haines also relates some historical details about Boy Scout Troop 5, Denver, Colorado.
Summary: Dr. Richard Vickery, senior pastor at the University Park United Methodist Church, discusses the University Park area of Denver, Colorado including the changing demographics of the neighborhood and the University of Denver. Vickery also gives a brief history of the University Park United Methodist Church and talks about the community groups that meet at the church, including bridge clubs, Al-Anon and Big Brothers.
Summary: Dr. Robert Shattuck and his wife, Dr. Alberta Shattuck share their memories of growing up in the University Park area of Denver, Colorado, providing details about the neighborhood. Robert Shattuck discusses transportation, including the tramway line and the C and S Railroad, working at the Diamond Joe Ranch as a field hand, and his classes and teachers at the University Park Elementary School. He shares an anecdote about his uncle, Herbert A. Howe, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Denver, and discusses the role that John Evans, Colorado's second Territorial Governor, played in the development of the University of Denver, known at the time as the Colorado Seminary. Robert Shattuck also relates details about his experiences as a member of Boy Scout Troop 5, Denver, Colorado, including the names of campsites the group used and trails where the troop hiked in the mountains of Colorado. Alberta Shattuck provides a history of the Iliff School of Theology, located in Denver adjacent to the University of Denver campus, which her grandmother established in memory of her first husband and Alberta's grandfather, John Wesley Iliff.
Summary: Elizabeth Richardson discusses details about the University Park area of Denver, Colorado, and the changes that took place since she moved to the neighborhood in 1963. She talks about the activities, interests, and professions of the neighborhood residents, political issues and zoning disputes, and neighborhood activities. She also discusses the local schools and the voluntary busing program to achieve school desegregation in the 1960s.
Summary: Fay Kessler discusses details about the University Park area of Denver, Colorado during the time she lived in the neighborhood including the types of businesses that were open in the area, the transportation systems, Observatory Park, and the occupations of the residents of University Park. Kessler also discusses World War II efforts in the neighborhood including removing iron lampposts along Warren Ave. to use for scrap metal and the practice of planting Victory gardens in the vacant lots on her block.
Summary: Frances Hayes of 3343 E. Colorado Avenue (and formerly of 2181 S. Clayton Street), Denver, Colorado shares her memories about the University Park area of Denver including attending church services at Old Main, now University Hall, on the University of Denver campus before the United Park Methodist Church was built. She notes that Sunday school classes were held both at the Iliff School of Theology and in Old Main at this time. Hayes also talks about her summer wedding ceremony in Wasser Chapel in the University Park United Methodist Church, the influence that the University of Denver had on the neighborhood, and the retail stores that were located in the area, including pharmacies and grocery stores.