Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, Massachusetts

[LIB7244] In 1916, the townspeople purchased a lot at the corner of Main and Avon Streets for $16,000. That same year, Junius Beebe, son of Lucius Beebe, donated $60,000 (average annual salaries at that time were around $700) toward the construction of a new library building, to be built in memory of his parents, Lucius and Sylenda. The cornerstone was laid on March 17, 1922 and the building was dedicated on April 15, 1923. The original building is still in use as a public library though there have been extensive renovations.  [Website]

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