Robert Bacon Memorial Children's Library
Robert Bacon Memorial
One of the first libraries in the world
specifically dedicated as a children's library.
The building and art were privately endowed by
Martha Bacon in memory of her husband
Colonel Robert Bacon, U.S. Secretary of State and
Ambassador to France under President Theodore Roosevelt.
Erected 2018 by Village of Westbury, Historical Society of the Westburys.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
Location. 40° 45.717′ N, 73° 35.051′ W. Marker is in Westbury, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is at the intersection of School Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north on School Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 374 School Street, Westbury NY 11590, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Westbury World War II Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Westbury World War I Memorial (about 800 feet away); Westbury World Trade Center Attack Memorial (about 800 feet away); House of Ambrose ClarkWestbury Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (approx. 0.3 miles away); Westbury Friends Meeting House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Westbury African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westbury.
Also see . . . History of the Children’s Library (Westbury Library). 'The Children’s Library, Robert Bacon Memorial opened its doors on June 24, 1924. It was a gift to the community by the Bacon family in memory of Colonel Robert Bacon, the Secretary of State and Ambassador to France under President Theodore Roosevelt. After Colonel Bacon’s death in 1919, his widow, Martha, wanted to pay tribute to her husband. In keeping with his desire to be, “an inspiration and to awaken big ambition” in young people, Mrs. Bacon decided to build a memorial dedicated to children.' (Submitted on May 5, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.