WLA Members Meet in Chicago in 1893
Due to the unfortunate resignation of Klas A. Linderfelt
as president of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) in 1892 it did not meet formally in 1892 or 1893. However, twelve members of WLA attended the meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Chicago in 1893, and they gathered for an informal meeting which is considered to be the second conference of WLA. As a result of that meeting Reuben G. Thwaites
assumed the presidency of WLA. The 1893 ALA Chicago meeting
was in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition or World’s Fair. Members of the WLA delegation undoubtedly visited ALA’s library exhibit in the Government Building of the exposition (see postcard above). They also probably visited the Woman’s Building Library
which housed a collection of books written by women from around the world. WLA held its next conference in 1894 in Beaver Dam. Except for 1903 WLA has held a conference every since 1894.