Thanks to my friends at the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center, Sandusky, Ohio, United States and the staff of the Sandusky Library and Follett House Museum, who have created a blog using materials from their local history collections. They thoughtfully provided the following info:
The Sandusky Daily Star, in its February 20, 1901 issue, reported that when Andrew Carnegie gave his “handsome gift” to Sandusky to be used for the purpose of building a public library, one of his stipulations was that the library should have a music hall and an organ, and efforts were to be made to have free musical recitals for the community on a regular basis. The Carnegie Library had its grand opening on July 3, 1901. The musical hall held 338 people, and was known as “Carnegie Hall.”
There is a lot more detail to the article and also some nice photographs. If you are interested in library history, this is a cool site to visit! Click here to go there!