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Howell in Livingston County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Howell Carnegie Library

 
 
Howell Carnegie Library Marker — Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 26, 2017
1. Howell Carnegie Library Marker — Side 1
Inscription.
Side 1
The Howell library association originated as the Ladies Library Association in 1875. That year, the ladies began offering books for lending. The need for spacious, permanent quarters grew, and in 1902, for three hundred dollars and railroad travel expenses, Detroit architect Elijah E. Meyers, designer of the Michigan State Capitol, agreed to provide plans for a new library. The township board hired local builder A.G. Kuehnle for the project. Throughout the county, farmers gathered the fieldstones used to build the Neoclassical library. The structure stands on land donated by the four sons of Howell pioneer William McPherson. An addition to the library was completed in 1991.

Side 2
"If the city of Howell will pledge itself to support a free library and provide a suitable site, Mr. Carnegie will be glad to furnish ten thousand dollars for a free public library building." In 1902, in response to a request for funds, steel entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie's secretary sent this message to Howell Township Supervisor W.H.S. Wood. Carnegie funded over 2,500 free public libraries throughout the English-speaking world. The philanthropist's gift to Howell eventually amounted to $15,000. In return, the township pledged annual support of no less than 10 percent of Carnegie's donation.
Howell Carnegie Library Marker — Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 26, 2017
2. Howell Carnegie Library Marker — Side 2
The library opened on November 19, 1906.
 
Erected 1997 by Courthouse Square Questers No. 745 and Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L2013.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries, and the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 36.487′ N, 83° 55.91′ W. Marker is in Howell, Michigan, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of West Grand River Avenue (Business Interstate 96) and Center Street, on the left when traveling east on West Grand River Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 West Grand River Avenue, Howell MI 48843, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Opera House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ann Arbor Railroad (about 800 feet away); County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); George W. Lee House (approx. mile away); Livingston County Press (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. John The Baptist Catholic Church (approx. 7 miles away); Railroad Repair Gang (approx. 9.2 miles away); Brighton Village Cemetery (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Howell.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Howell Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 26, 2017
3. Howell Carnegie Library Marker
Howell Carnegie Library image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 26, 2017
4. Howell Carnegie Library
Time Capsule and Howell Carnegie Library image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 26, 2017
5. Time Capsule and Howell Carnegie Library
Caption: Buried under this stone is a Century Vault
Buried therein are momentoes from the people of the year A.D. 1976 to the people of the year A.D. 2076
Howell Bicentennial Committee
Bench at Library Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 26, 2017
6. Bench at Library Entrance
Fountain at the Library image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 26, 2017
7. Fountain at the Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 2, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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