Seneca in Nemaha County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Seneca Free Library
The Library was an idea generated by the Seneca Women’s Club embroidery circle in 1908. As they worked, they often discussed books and the need for a town library. After collecting 300 books they persuaded a drug store to give them shelving space. Town administrators noticed their efforts and offered better space in City Hall. In 1913 the collection grew and was moved to Seneca High School
The Old Stone Universalist Church – a fine structure built in 1869 of Kansas soft gray stone with stained glass windows and bell tower – was acquired in 1928 and it became the collection’s permanent home. As the library continued to grow, a new wing was added in 1997, a handsome complement to the original church. The project is an example of Seneca’s growing interest in the reuse of historic architecture.
The Library now boasts 30,000 volumes and has significant genealogical and research sections. In 2009 it was rated by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings as the fourth best library in the US (towns with populations of 1000-2500). It is also a popular gathering place for all who come to participate in reading programs
Erected by City of Seneca and Kansas Humanities Council.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion • Education. In addition, it is included in the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 39° 50.041′ N, 96° 3.881′ W. Marker is in Seneca, Kansas, in Nemaha County. Marker is on Main Street near 6th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 606 Main Street, Seneca KS 66538, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Seneca Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buggy Store (about 400 feet away); The Railroads (about 600 feet away); The First National Bank (about 600 feet away); The Smith Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
Also see . . . Seneca Free Library. (Submitted on May 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 30, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.