In the early 1900s, Andrew Carnegie funded the construction of over 1600 libraries in this country, 66 of which were in Minnesota. This talk will describe the Carnegie library program in Minnesota and assess its impact after more than a century. We will touch on themes of philanthropy, architecture, accessibility, historic preservation, and of course, the importance of libraries in American society. The first half of the talk will describe the Carnegie library program in Minnesota, and the second will describe the extent to which the buildings have survived after more than a century. Particular attention will be paid to the changes that are required in those Carnegie libraries which continue to serve the community. Illustrated by images of libraries from around the state.
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Online via Zoom, link will be sent via email prior to the class
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