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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

A Benevolent Bequest

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
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By James True, May 29, 2012
1. A Benevolent Bequest Marker
Inscription. The Construction of a public library was made possible in 1888 by a bequest of $20,000 from merchant Paul R. Hazeltine. He directed that a handsome, substantial, fireproof building be erected on a suitable spot. Built of red granite and trimmed with Somerville gray granite, it is the first Belfast structure to be built entirely of stone rather than wood or brick. When the library opened there were 2,033 volumes on the shelves. Joseph Williamson, Jr. (panel #6) served as President of the Board of Trustees until his death in 1902. The Grammans Reading Room was added in 1931, and a four-story addition was completed in 2000.

Inset:
At the time of library construction the Robert Miller house (1792) was the oldest house in Belfast and was moved to make room for the library.
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 44° 25.516′ N, 69° 0.293′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street and Miller Street, on the right when traveling east on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other

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By James True, May 29, 2012
2. A Benevolent Bequest Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Hero (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Education First and Foremost (about 400 feet away); The Windsor Hotel (about 500 feet away); First Church (about 500 feet away); The Opera House (about 600 feet away); Main and High (about 600 feet away); The Circus Comes to Town (about 600 feet away); On this site (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #5 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEducation
 
A Benevolent Bequest Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
3. A Benevolent Bequest Marker
A Benevolent Bequest Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
4. A Benevolent Bequest Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2012, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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