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Baxter Memorial Library & Museum, Gorham, Maine, c1910



The Baxter Memorial Library is the public library serving Gorham, Maine. It was built in 1908. The gift of James Phinney Baxter, the library building is constructed of pink granite and the interior is completed in red oak. In 2003, a 10,000 square feet addition became the primary library.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Carnegie Public Library , Owosso, Michigan, c1915



The idea of a library for the people of Owosso grew out of a literary club. During the Civil War, a group of women met regularly to work for the Union cause and to help provide for the soldiers. Once the war was over, they continued to meet together as a literary club. On May 5, 1867 the Ladies’ Library Association was formally organized.   In August of 1910, the City of Owosso agreed to take over the library.  In 1911, the Carnegie Corporation was contacted regarding the funds for a new building; land was donated by the Woodard family.   Ground was broken for the building on September 2, 1913, and on October 28, 1913, the cornerstone was laid.   On July 4, 1914, a formal dedication of the new building was held.  Once the books could be moved into place, it was opened to the public.  In 1994, The Owosso Public and Durand Memorial Libraries combined to form the Shiawassee District Library.  A more detailed history may be found in 100 Years of Service: The Shiawassee District Library, 1914-2014.

Monday, April 1, 2024

D.R. Evarts Library, Athens, New York, 1917



1800. It was a time when men worked for a dollar a day in zero or below temperatures to cut ice blocks to fill the eleven large ice houses in Athens.  They rode horses or took a stagecoach.  It was a time when children had one pair of shoes and were lucky to attend school.  Still, it is an age looked back on with nostalgia as a simpler time.  It was during this golden age that a studious young boy named Daniel Redfield Evarts was being brought up in modest circumstances.  He came from a large family and had no free access to books.  The local Dutch Reformed minister gave him some books and a small room with light in which he could study. READ MORE HERE: