Abstract: Louis Anfenger was typical of the young Jewish men who migrated to the Colorado Territory in the state's formative years. Born in Bavaria, Anfenger came to the United States in the 1850s and moved to Denver in 1870 to seek his fortune. He became a highly successful businessman in the area of real estate as well as a member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce and was later elected to the state legislature in the 1880s. He was a founder of Congregation Emanuel, Denver B'nai B'rith, and National Jewish Hospital. He married Louise Schlesinger Anfenger, and the couple became the parents of eight children, who later also became leaders in the Denver community. His eldest son Milton became a lawyer and a Colorado State Senator in 1904, and his daughter Flora married prominent Denver attorney Philip Hornbein.
The collection includes Louis Anfenger's diary and clothing, needlework, household accessories, furniture, and memorabilia belonging to various members of the extended Anfenger family.
Creator: Hayutin, Anna Ginsberg, 1893-1973
Abstract: Anna Ginsberg was born in 1893 to East European Jewish immigrants who had settled in New York City. She completed high school in New York and moved to Denver, Colo., in 1910. In 1912 she married Morris Hayutin, and they had three children: Peryle, Irving, and Arthur. The collection contains household and personal items from the early to mid-20th century that belonged to Anna Hayutin. Most of the textiles in the collection were created by Anna Hayutin herself and include a large number of table linens, bed linens, and doilies. The collection also features women's personal accessories and her high school graduation autograph album.
Creator: Jacobs, Frances Wisebart, 1843-1892
Abstract: Frances Wisebart Jacobs, born in 1843, earned the nickname "Mother of Charities" because of her many efforts to assist the poor, the homeless, and the disenfranchised. She joined or helped to found charitable organizations and events in Denver, Colorado, and at the national level, and she was instrumental in raising support for the construction of Jewish Hospital in 1892. The collection consists of clothing that belonged to Jacobs and to a relative and contemporary of hers. Also included in the collection are papers about Frances Wisebart Jacobs and her husband, Abraham Jacobs, as well as two framed photographs.
Creator: Hornbein family
Abstract: The Hornbein family of Denver, Colorado, was actively involved in the Colorado Jewish community. Philip L. Hornbein (1879-1962) married Flora Anfenger (1888-1964) in 1905, and they had three children: Louis (1907-?), Marjorie (1913-2006) and Philip (1915-1987). The collections consists of material objects, photographs, and documents that belonged to the Hornbein family.
Creator: Peterman, Sophie Miller, 1900-1986
Abstract: Norma Shirley Peterman (1922-1941) was the daughter of Sophie (nee Miller) and Joseph Peterman; she died at the age of 18. The collection contains clothing and accessories worn by or belonging to Norma Peterman as well as papers by or about her. Material items include Norma Peterman's baby shoes and childhood clothing as well as three fans that belonged to her. The papers in the collection include her essays as well as condolence letters and cards addressed to her parents and her aunt, Irene Miller Stein, shortly after Norma Peterman's death in 1941.