Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Log Cabin Library Visit

Posted by Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Saturday, August 01, 2009 in Library buildings





On a recent trip "Up North", I had a chance to visit one of Wisconsin's log cabin libraries. In this instance it was the Forest Lodge Library in Cable, Wisconsin. I have an old postcard of the library and I originally wrote about the library on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center website thinking it was the only, or at least the oldest, such library in the state. I was quickly informed that there was another older log cabin library in Wabeno, Wisconsin which is the Wabeno Public Library. I then posted an additional entry on the WLHC website.  Both libraries are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wisconsin Historical Society maintains a listing of buildings on the State and National Registers of Historical Places. The entry for the Forest Lodge Library indicates that the library was donated in 1925 by Mary Livingston Griggs, a prominent member of society in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Griggs who also designed the library dedicated it to her mother in memory of their family lodge and estate at nearby Lake Namekagon. A short vacation on Lake Namekagon was the purpose of my recent trip. The Wisconsin Historical Society entry for the Wabeno log cabin library indicates that it was originally built as the Chicago and North Western Railroad Land Office in 1875. It was evidently turned over to the City of Wabeno to be used as a public library in 1923. Both Libraries are on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Trail.

Note: To find other Wisconsin libraries on the Wisconsin Historical Society's listing of buildings on the State and National Registers of Historical Places, choose Education as the Historic Function and Libraries as the Historic Subfunction. Select "All Counties" if you want to see historic libraries in the whole state.


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Saturday, July 20, 2019


Popular Tags

27 Wisconsin Library Bulletin Hall of Fame 2017 Hall of Fame 2012 School libraries Anniversaries Wisconsin State Law Library Oshkosh Public Library caly film archives trav Campaign Bob Bochfer WHCLIS Library Buidlings Eager Free Public Library Hall of Fame 2015 Dianne McAfee Hopkins Pinback buttons Delia Ovitz Tower Hill Wisconsin Gilbert H. Doane Centennial state historical society Library people Postcards Anniversaries Pewaukee Public Library Soughton Public Library Hall of Fame 2014 21 Nolan I. Neds Lutie Stearns Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee Cam ca Marketing-Publicity Brown Deer Public Library Frank Avery Hutchins Appleton Public Library books-by-mail caly film John J. Jax Bookmobiles WLA 125 Hartford Public Library Black River Falls Academic Librarians Brown Deer Public Library library exhibit American Library Association Library War Service bed and breakfast Special libraries State Law Library Library e Sandra Friedman Dolnick Robert Bocher bookworm Capitol Fire 1904 Hall of Fame 2011 UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Orrilla Blackshear J. D. Witter UW-Milwaukee Libraries Hall of Fame 2012 library legislation campaign Amer National Bookmobile Day Milwaukee Public Library WLA 125 Richard E. Krug Library Systems Evansville Wisconsin campaign Library Buildings Gerald A. Somers Zona Gale Public libraries Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Hall of Fame 2012 Hall of Fame 2010 Public library systems World War I 23 Elroy Public Library Cooperative Children's Book Center Irene W. Newman William J. Wilson Wisconsin Rapids Hall of Fame 2018 Ripon Public Library Increase A. Lapham S. Janice Kee Milwaukee Public Library Carl Spitzweg I Love Libraries Rusk County Community Library Wisconsin Federation of Women's Clubs presentations Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends Suring Area Public Library Peter G. Hamon COLAND Ice Storm library memorabilia 10 Campaign WAAL Hall of Fame 2018 library education WWI Library War Service School of Library and Information Studies Hall of Fame 2015 Helen Adams Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Publications Katharine MacDonald Jones 11 28 Cornelia Marving Pierce traveling libraries Dorothea M. Krause Parcel post James Duane Doty Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Hall of Fame 2013 Middleton Public Library Wisconsin Library Heritage Center Jane K. Billings Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Sarah Janice Kee Carnegie libraries 20 Woman's Congress Wisconsin Historical Society background Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services Hall of Fame 2015 UW-Madison school of library and information studies Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Buttons Ruby Roeder Events buil WLA 125 People Hall of Fame 2015 Library Artifacts 14 CCBC White House Conference on Library and Information Services Brown County Library Larry T. Nix James Huff Stout Hall fo Fame 2012 Academic Libraries Hall of Fame 2016 Council on Library and Network Development Wisconsin Free Library Commission Library People American Library Association National Library Week Wilbur Lyle Eberhart McMillan Memorial Library Wayne A. Wiegand 24 Portage Public Library Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Edward Asahel Birge Clinton Public Library Postcards Black River Falls Public Library campaign Louise S. Robbins hall of Historical Register caly film Uncategorized Lowell W. Wilson Events & Meetings Postcards Gertrude Thurow Ruth Ann Montgomery Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends John Miller Chancellor Superior Carnegie Libraries Beloit Public Library Digital Collections Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Milwaukee Art Museum Events & Meetings Library History membership libraries anniversaries Library people Klaus Linderfelt Lucy E. Smith Morris Wisconsin Library Association WLA 125 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Hall Clarence Brown Lester Library celebrations Bernard Schwab Lutie Eugenia Stearns Jerome P. Daniels Beaver Dam Public Library Eratus Swift Wilcox Exhibits Postcards Manitowoc Public Library Hall of Fame 2009 Hall of Fame 2008 Inform Wisconsin Wisconsin Free Library Commission cam Campaign Public libraries 22 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Madison Public Library Meter mail slogans Library Trustees campa Charles Bunge Hall of Fame 2015 Matthew S. Dudgeon DeForest Area Public Library T. B. Scott Free Public Library

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo