Crawfordsville in Montgomery County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Crawfordsville (Indiana) Carnegie Library
First Carnegie Library in Indiana
In 1897, the Current Events Club, like many women’s clubs during this era, helped organize city’s public library. Andrew Carnegie donated $25,000 in 1901 for library building construction; city provided land and annual funding. Local architect W. F. Sharpe designed this Renaissance Revival building.
This was first Carnegie Library opened in Indiana, dedicated July 29, 1902 with 4,500 volumes. Library moved 2005, building opened as Carnegie Museum 2007. One of 1,679 libraries built in U.S. with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Indiana built more Carnegie libraries than any other state.
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Crawfordsville Dist. Public Library, & Friends of the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County. (Marker Number 54.2009.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Landmarks • Notable Events Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 29, 1794.
Location. 40° 2.373′ N, 86° 54.078′ W. Marker is in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Washington Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 South Washington Street, Crawfordsville IN 47933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint John's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cradle of Basketball (about 800 feet away); Montgomery County's Tribute to her Heroic Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howdy Wilcox (approx. 0.2 miles away); Otto Schlemmer Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Elston Memorial Home (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crawfordsville.
Also see . . .
1. Carnegie Museum. Museum website homepage (Submitted on October 19, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Photos of Marker Dedication. (Submitted on January 20, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Andrew Carnegie. YouTube video:
a video tribute to Andrew Carnegie's thoughts, photos, and locations. In his day - the richest man in the world "Gave It Away". (Courtesy: "Herald Films") (Submitted on May 11, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,628 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 11, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.