Thursday, February 28, 2013

1956 Simmons Memorial Library, Kenosha, Wisconsin

[LIB7636] In 1899 Zalmon Simmons announced that he would offer to construct a library
building in Central Park if it will be named in honor of his late son, Gilbert.
Zalmon also paid for the building of the soldier’s monument that today stands
in Library Park.

In 1900 The Gilbert M. Simmons Library and the soldier’s monument were dedicated
on May 30th. Construction of the library cost $150,000 and a patron named
Cyril Kupfer checked out the first book in July. [Website]

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