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St. Cloud in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Veterans Memorial Library

 
 
Veterans Memorial Library Marker-Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 7, 2017
1. Veterans Memorial Library Marker-Side 1
Inscription. (Side 1)
The Ladies Improvement Club of St. Cloud organized in 1910 for the betterment of the community through civic projects and the advocacy of literacy. The club established a small area in the Sugar Belt Railway depot for books and magazines for public use. As the community grew, the club relocated the collection to a small building on Pennsylvania Avenue, then later to the second floor of city hall on Florida Avenue and 10th Street. The library became an important focus of the club and community. In 1915, club president Mary George worked with Judge W.G. Peckham to secure lots on Massachusetts Avenue for the construction of a new library building. Within a year, the club raised $700 to pay for the lots. Contributions from Union Army veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic helped fund construction of the library in 1922. It was designed by Orlando architects Ida Anna Ryan, the first woman to earn a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Isabel Roberts, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. Ryan and Roberts insisted on a motto. Thomas Carlyle's "The true university is a collection of books" was selected.
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This Grecian style building, constructed by P.E. Morgan, was composed
Veterans Memorial Library Marker-Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 7, 2017
2. Veterans Memorial Library Marker-Side 2
of hollow clay tile with stained stucco exterior finish. The dedication of the Veterans Memorial Library in February 1923 was presided over by the president of the Ladies Improvement Club. Sixty members of the Grand Army of the Republic and forty members its auxiliary, the Woman's Relief Corps, marched to the library for Flag-raising ceremonies. The Ladies Improvement Club, renamed the Woman's Club of St. Cloud in 1941, maintained and operated the library until it became part of the Osceola County library system in 1968. The building served as the city's library for over 50 years until the library moved in 1974. Thereafter it was used a a re-sale shop for the American Red Cross and other civic groups until 2000. The City of St. Cloud purchased the building n 2001 and began renovations to established the museum opened in February 2008 and houses the records and artifacts of St. Cloud's history.
 
Erected 2016 by St. Cloud Main Street, The City of St. Cloud, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-903.)
 
Location. 28° 14.902′ N, 81° 17.088′ W. Marker is in St. Cloud, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker is on Massachusetts Avenue just north of 11th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Library is now the St. Cloud
Veterans Memorial Library Marker and library image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 7, 2017
3. Veterans Memorial Library Marker and library
Heritage Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1012 Massachusetts Avenue, Saint Cloud FL 34769, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce (about 700 feet away); The Thunderstorm Project (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation (approx. 1.2 miles away); Osceola County (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Veterans Memorial Library image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 7, 2017
4. Veterans Memorial Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 22, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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