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Elkhart in Logan County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Elkhart Public Library

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
1. Elkhart Public Library Marker
Inscription.  In 1888, Mrs. Lemira Gillett promised to build a library for the citizens of Elkhart if the town was voted dry for three years. This was done, and the townspeople met in 1891 to form a Library Association. The Library was first established in a room in the Gillett Building with Mrs. Gillett paying for the rent, shelves, and furnishings. She gave $1,000 with the interest to be used for upkeep. In 1893, the Library opened to the public with 214 volumes and by 1904 had acquired 829 books. After her death, Mrs. Gillett's daughter, Miss Jessie Gillett, took over her mother's plans. She asked that certain conditions are met: a two mill tax levied for the support of the Library, six directors elected with three being women, and the Library be open to the public a minimum of three hours, two days a week. These conditions were met, and in 1902 the library legally became the property of the town. Miss Gillett then built the present Library as a memorial to her mother. In 1904, the building was completed and formally dedicated in May of that year.
 
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Location.
Elkhart Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
2. Elkhart Public Library Marker
40° 1.273′ N, 89° 28.883′ W. Marker is in Elkhart, Illinois, in Logan County. Marker is on Bohan Street west of North Bogardus Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is near the library's entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 Bohan St, Elkhart IL 62634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1917 Krupp K-14 Light Artillery Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Route 66 in Elkhart (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln-Latham-Douglas at the Kentucky House (about 500 feet away); Heritage Corner (about 500 feet away); Lincoln With John Dean Gillett (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); Elkhart Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Lincoln's Elkhart Connection (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkhart.
 
Also see . . .  Elkhart Public Library District. Official website (Submitted on November 8, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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