Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Preston Library & Museum Virginia Military Institute LEXINGTON VA

Published by "Whitman's Phototypes" Canton PA

Named for Colonel J.T.L. Preston, the library was built in 1939 as a joint venture between the Virginia Military Institute, the State of Virginia, and the Works Progress Administration. Preston Library was dedicated on 11 November 1939, as part of the Institute's centennial celebration. Members of the Preston family were present for the ceremony. Governor James Hubert Price gave the dedication speech and President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a congratulatory address via a telephone connection wired to the public address system. In 1972, the building was enlarged and in 1996 renovated. Recent activities during the summer of 2007 included the renovation of the Reference Room and restoration of the original 1939 terrazzo floors. [SOURCE]

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