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History of Crandell Public Library

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, April 5, 2020
1. History of Crandell Public Library Marker
Inscription.  
In 1892, local philanthropist and respected businessman Henry Crandell offered to fund a public library in Glens Falls. Crandell approached Superintendent of Glens Falls City Schools, Dr. Sherman Williams, and donated $2,500 to provide furniture and books for the new library. On February 9, 1893, New York State granted a public library charter for Glens Falls, paving the way for the Crandell Free Library, later called Crandell Library. The original library location was inside of one of Crandell’s Bay Street business buildings (pictured). Prior to his death in 1913, Crandell created a trust fund to help projects he had envisioned come to fruition. The Crandell Trust would provide ongoing funding and support for the new library building, as well as Glens Falls City Park and Crandell Park. In 1919, demolition began on the buildings along Bay Street to make way for the new City Park, which meant the library would need a new home. From 1919-1931, the library set up temporary residence in the Jerome Lapham House (pictured). The Lapham House was located on Ridge Street, north of City Hall. Construction began in 1929 on a permanent home for the
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By from Find A Grave, unknown
2. Henry Crandell
library at its present location. The new library was finished and dedicated in September 1931, which signaled the demolition of its former home, the Lapham House. The library operated for nearly forty years before undergoing significant renovations in 1969. In 1992, the library became a taxing district library and changed its name to Crandell Public Library. Over the years, the library required more space and doubled in size after a substantial expansion in 2009. Today, the north side of the library remains as the original building that was completed back in 1931.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEducation.
 
Location. 43° 18.673′ N, 73° 38.735′ W. Marker is in Glens Falls, New York, in Warren County. Marker is on Maple Street east of Bay Street, on the left when traveling west. The marker is in Glens Falls City Park next to the Crandall Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 251 Glen St, Glens Falls NY 12801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “The Spirit of Glens Falls” (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Tree of Friendship (within shouting distance of this marker); Glens Falls War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured
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By Larry Gertner, April 5, 2020
3. Crandell Public Library
The 1931 building.
in a direct line); The Church of the Messiah (Episcopal) (about 400 feet away); City Park’s Development (about 500 feet away); Weber Furlong (about 500 feet away); The DeLong House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glens Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henry Crandell. Find A Grave entry. (Submitted on April 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Crandall Public Library. (Submitted on April 9, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Crandell Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 6, 2020
4. Crandell Public Library
The expanded library complex.
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By Larry Gertner, April 5, 2020
5. Inset
First home of Crandell Library, Second Floor, Bay Street
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By Larry Gertner, April 5, 2020
6. Inset
The Jerome Lapham House, second home of the library; corner of Ridge and Maple Streets
History of Crandell Public Library Marker overlooking City Park. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 5, 2020
7. History of Crandell Public Library Marker overlooking City Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on April 9, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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