Monday, November 25, 2013

Carnegie Libraries - Springfield & West Springfield, MA

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Andrew Carnegie and the 
Carnegie Libraries of Springfield & West Springfield, MA

GPS: N42° 06.198; W072° 35.072
for  Andrew Carnegie bust at the City Library

Short Description:

Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland on November 25, 1835. Between 1883 and 1929, he funded the construction of 2,509 libraries worldwide,  including 1,689 in the United States.

Long Description

Andrew Carnegie emigrated to the United States in 1848 and made a fortune in the steel industry. He used his fortune to fund many philanthropic causes. In 1909, he donated $260,000 to fund the construction of the Springfield, MA  library system. Four Carnegie libraries were built: The City Library on State Street,  Forest Park Library, Indian Orchard Library and Memorial Square Library (now part of St. George Greek Orthodox Church).  In addition, he donated $25,000 to fund the West Springfield Library.

Springfield City Library
Forest Park Library
Indian Orchard Library

Former Memorial Square Library

West Springfield Library

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