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Amesville in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Western Library Association

1804

 

—The Coonskin Library —

 
Western Library Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 4, 2009
1. Western Library Association Marker
Inscription. In the years leading to Ohio statehood in 1803, Ames Township citizens decided to establish a stock-owned circulating library. Since cash was scarce during Ohio's frontier era, some citizens paid for their $2.50 shares by the sale of animal pelts, which were taken to Boston for sale in the spring of 1804 by merchant Samuel Brown. There he acquired fifty-one volumes, primarily books on history, religion, travel, and biography, as the first accessions for the Western Library Association. Senator Thomas Ewing later related that he paid his share with ten raccoon skins, thus suggesting the collection's popular name “the Coonskin Library.” Judge Ephraim Cutler was the first of many librarians who kept the library until 1861.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The International Parper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.014′ N, 81° 57.345′ W. Marker is in Amesville, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is on State Street (Ohio Route 550), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in
Western Library Association Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 4, 2009
2. Western Library Association Marker
Amesville post office and mural across street to right rear of marker.
Gifford Park, across from the US Post Office. Marker is in this post office area: Amesville OH 45711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frank Henry Gifford (a few steps from this marker); Ames Academy Bell (a few steps from this marker); Historic Amesville (within shouting distance of this marker); Millfield Coal Mine Disaster (approx. 6.9 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 7.8 miles away); Millfield Mine No. 6 - 1205 Disaster (approx. 7.9 miles away); Todd and Tony Carr Memorial (approx. 8.4 miles away); Athens First Settlement - 1797 (approx. 9.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Amesville.
 
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