Meet Wendel Cox. Wendel is the new face in the Western History and Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library. He starting work at DPL the beginning of March but it wasn’t until May that I had the opportunity to meet Wendel and learn a little about his background.
Wendel came here from the University of Kentucky where he managed a project to digitize Kentucky newspapers, cira 1900-1910. The project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national initiative guided by the Library of Congress and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before that he taught at Arizona State University and University of Minnesoata Morris.
He has a degree in history from the University of Winnipeg, a doctorate in history from the University of Minnesota, and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Obviously, Wendel is well qualified for his position.
You can’t miss Wendel when he’s working at the Western History and Genealgoy Department desk. He always has a big smile and is cheerfully helping library patrons.
Wendel was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with one brother. He is presently working on his wife’s genealogy. She has Pennsylvania, English and Slovakian roots. He has found one of her ancestors listed in the English census as a “maker of philosophical and mathematical instruments.” Wendel and his wife have three cats: Othello (16), Little Girl (15), and Pekoe (5).
Welcome to Colorado, Wendel!