Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nichols Memorial Library, Center Harbor, New Hampshire

A native of Meredith, New Hampshire,  James Edwin Nichols (1845-1914) found  success with business ventures in Boston and New  York.  As a managing partner Austin-Nichols (NYC), he supplied canned goods to small retail grocers across the Northeast and Midwest. In 1909,  Nichols offered to build and endow a library for Center Harbor as a memorial to his parents.  The holdings  of  the Center Harbor Library Association (1889), a private collection,  became the core of the new Nichols Library.  In accordance with his wishes,  the Library was to be   ‘free and open to all,’  which it remains to this day. [Website]


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