January 4, 2020 – Globeville’s Swedish Community

Overlooked as an ethnic enclave first of Eastern European then Hispanic populations, Globeville was home to a vibrant Swedish community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Located in what is now north Denver along the South Platte River, the towns of Globeville along with Swansea and Elyria were home to smelters, meat packing and other industrial businesses. James will explore this overlooked history of Denver.

James K. Jeffrey is the Special Collections Librarian for Genealogy in the Western History and Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library.  

He is the recipient of the following awards:

  • 2004 recipient of the P. William Filby Award for Excellence in Genealogical Librarianship from the National Genealogical Society 
  • 2014 recipient of the Judah P. Benjamin Merit Award from the Military Order of the Stars and Bars 
  • 2017 recipient of the Golden Shield Award for preservation from the National Society of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots.

He is a past president of:

  • Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society 
  • The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies 
  • The Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists
  • And was founding president of the Germanic Genealogical Society of Colorado
  • Member of Swedish Colonial Society and Delaware Swedish Colonial Society
  • He is active in the National Genealogical Society where he served as Chairman for the Book Awards Committee.

He is an avid gardener. He is married to Karin Martin, also a librarian. They are the parents of two adult sons, Ian and Anders.

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