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Bryan in Brazos County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Carnegie Public Library

 
 
Carnegie Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2014
1. Carnegie Public Library Marker
Inscription. Center of cultural and civic activities in Bryan since 1903. Established through inspiration of the mutual improvement club (renamed the Woman's Club, 1909), under the leadership of Mmes. Lucy Miley Brandon and Rose Fountain Howell who with modest means set the library goal in 1899. An appeal to the industrial magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie secured a grant of $10,000 contingent upon the city's giving a site and pledging maintenance funds. In addition, private persons also gave funds and books.

Auditorium was site of many gatherings, foremost being the 1919 to 1933 reunions of Hood's Texas Brigade Association.

In 1944, the library board president, Mrs. Lee W. Rountree, established the Children's Educational Foundation with result that the Rountree Room was opened on converted second floor in 1953.
 
Erected 1969. (Marker Number 13339.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
 
Location. 30° 40.385′ N, 96° 22.401′ W. Marker is in Bryan, Texas, in Brazos County. Marker is on South Main Street north of West 27th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Mounted on the left side of the main entrance.
Carnegie Public Library (<i>marker visible left of entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2014
2. Carnegie Public Library (marker visible left of entrance)
Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 South Main Street, Bryan TX 77803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Salle Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Queen Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); Brazos County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harvey Mitchell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brazos County Confederate Commissioners Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); Town Named for William Joel Bryan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas A&M University (approx. 4.3 miles away); Shiloh Community (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bryan.
 
Also see . . .
1. Carnegie History Center.
Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie firmly believed in self-education for everyone and that libraries helped those who helped themselves. He would provide funds for the construction of libraries if a city would provided the site and maintenance funds. Bryan, Texas was among the early cities that took advantage of his offer. In 1902, Bryan was fortunate enough to have among its citizens several intrepid ladies who found their city to be, to say the least, uncivilized. The streets were unpaved, there were more than a dozen saloons, everybody carried a gun, and hangings on the courthouse lawn were frequent. These
Carnegie Public Library: 1902 Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2014
3. Carnegie Public Library: 1902 Cornerstone
ladies founded the "Mutual Improvement Club," and set out to improve their home town. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Carnegie Public Library in Bryan.
The Carnegie Public Library in Bryan, the oldest existing Carnegie Library in Texas. A Carnegie library is one built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Hood's Texas Brigade. was organized on October 22, 1861, in Richmond, Virginia. It was initially commanded by Brig. Gen. Louis T. Wigfall and composed of the First, Fourth, and Fifth Texas Infantry regiments, the only Texas troops to fight in the Eastern Theater.
The Hood's Brigade Association was organized on May 14, 1872. Sixty-three reunions were held between that date and 1933, when the last two physically able veterans, E. W. B. Leach and Sam O. Moodie, both ninety-one, met for the last time in Houston. (Submitted on December 7, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Carnegie Public Library: Hood's Brigade Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2014
4. Carnegie Public Library: Hood's Brigade Plaque
Carnegie Public Library: 1999 Restoration Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2014
5. Carnegie Public Library: 1999 Restoration Plaque

The Carnegie Public Library 1903
Restored as
The Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History
Spring of 1999
The oldest Carnegie Library still standing in Texas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 7, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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