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New Albany in Floyd County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Carnegie's Lasting Gifts

 
 
Carnegie's Lasting Gifts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 28, 2011
1. Carnegie's Lasting Gifts Marker
Inscription. Andrew Carnegie rose from humble beginnings in Scotland to become one of America’s most famous philanthropists. From his first job at 13 in a cotton mill to his position as head of The Carnegie Steel Company, Carnegie remembered his path to success and determined to give back some of his wealth to help educate and enrich others. He believed that the rich had an obligation to share their wealth.

He founded several trusts and organizations for the distribution of his money. One of his special interests was the establishment of free libraries throughout the world, and he spent $56 million to build over 2,500 libraries, now known as Carnegie Libraries. He hoped to enable every citizen to better him/herself in education and fine arts. Carnegie Hall in New York was built with Carnegie funding. In all, Carnegie gave away over $350 million during his lifetime.

What is now The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany was originally constructed in 1904 as a Carnegie-funded library. Designed in the Neo-Classical style, it was the home of the New Albany Public Library until 1969.

It was closed for two years before re-opening as an art and history museum. The building was renovated in 1998. The Carnegie Center for Art and History has received national recognition for its permanent exhibit, “Ordinary
Marker Photo - - "1903 - Under Construction" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 28, 2011
2. Marker Photo - - "1903 - Under Construction"
People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad.”


• • • • By the Way:

Indiana has the largest number of Carnegie Libraries in the nation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
 
Location. 38° 17.196′ N, 85° 49.299′ W. Marker is in New Albany, Indiana, in Floyd County. Marker is on East Spring Street west of East 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in front of the Carnegie Library (Carnegie Center) in New Albany, Indiana. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 East Spring Street, New Albany IN 47150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Albany's Carnegie Library (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); A Gateway to Freedom (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scribner High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lucy Higgs Nichols (approx. half a mile away); Floyd County Honor Roll & Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Korean Conflict / Vietnam Conflict - Floyd County (approx. half a mile away); Floyd County American Revolution War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Floyd County World Peace Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Albany.
 
Also see . . .
Marker Photo - - "1903 - Completed" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 28, 2011
3. Marker Photo - - "1903 - Completed"

1. Andrew Carnegie ::. A "Herald Films" video tribute to Andrew Carnegie's thoughts, photos, and locations. In his day - the richest man in the world "Gave It Away". (Submitted on September 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Video - Biography of Andrew Carnegie (Courtesy - YouTube):. (Submitted on February 6, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Buildings
 
Marker Photo - - 1913 - Centennial Parade" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 28, 2011
4. Marker Photo - - 1913 - Centennial Parade"
South/West Corner - - Carnegie Library - "Carnegie Center" - - New Albany, Indiana image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 28, 2011
5. South/West Corner - - Carnegie Library - "Carnegie Center" - - New Albany, Indiana
Carnegie's Lasting Gifts Marker -&- Caregie Center (Library) Building image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, August 28, 2011
6. Carnegie's Lasting Gifts Marker -&- Caregie Center (Library) Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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