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Rusk in Cherokee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bachelor Girl's Library Club

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
1. Bachelor Girl's Library Club Marker
Inscription. Formed by 15 young single women in 1902 with fewer than 50 books, this library club would later donate to the City of Rusk a volume of books that greatly contributed to an inventory in excess of 23,000 books. The Book Club, originally housed-in downtown Rusk at the Acme Hotel, is believed to be the first public library established in Cherokee County.

In 1904 the club changed its name to "The Maids and Matrons Library Club" and rescinded its rule prohibiting married members in order that several of its original founders who had since married could continue in the organization. The name of the club was changed once more in 1916 to the "Library Study Club." In 1936 the members formed a club for younger women called "The Thalian Study Club."

The size of the library's holdings continued to grow so that by 1966 the club had for some years required the services of a paid librarian. That year the club donated all of its books and furnishings to the City of Rusk. In 1969 they became part of the permanent collection at the newly constructed Singletary Memorial Library building. The Library Study Club and its offspring the Thalian Club continued to support the Rusk Community Library.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6611.)
 
Location.

Bachelor Girl's Library Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
2. Bachelor Girl's Library Club Marker
31° 47.759′ N, 95° 8.92′ W. Marker is in Rusk, Texas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on East Sixth Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 207 E. Sixth Street, Rusk TX 75785, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The James I. Perkins Family Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cherokee County (about 400 feet away); Cherokee County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Cherokee County C.S.A. (about 500 feet away); Rusk Footbridge (about 500 feet away); Norman Law Firm (about 500 feet away); Rusk (approx. one mile away); Mountain Home (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rusk.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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