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Iowa Carnegie Libraries: A Reflection of Their Community’s Aspirations

November 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please join us for our final Fall 2016 Reminisce Society meeting as Shana Stuart presents “Iowa Carnegie Libraries: A Reflection of Their Community’s Aspirations.” Shana will be discussing the Ottumwa Public Library and its legacy as a Carnegie Library.

Since 2002, Shana has served as the Director of the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project (CLIP), which is working to document the histories of the acquisition of the Carnegie Endowment funds for Iowa’s libraries on a digital platform. She has given presentations on Carnegie Libraries in many Iowa communities including Laurens, Traer, Eagle Grove, Grundy Center, Eldon, Cresco, and Ottumwa (November 2016), and at the Iowa Library Association meeting in 2010. In 2013, her article “’My Duty and My Pleasure’: Alice S. Tyler’s Reluctant Oversight of Carnegie Library Philanthropy in Iowa” was included in a special edition of the journal Information and Culture, v. 48 (1). In the Fall of 2016, Shana received funding from the State Historical Society, Inc. which will provide the opportunity to significantly expand the materials that are included on the website.

Please join us Tuesday November 22nd at 10 a.m. for a look back at the history of Carnegie Libraries and the Ottumwa Public Library. The Reminisce Society’s programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563, extension 202.


November 22, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm