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.

Library History Exhibits

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center sponsors an exhibit of Wisconsin library memorabilia which is available for display in Wisconsin libraries. The collection belongs to retired librarian Larry T. Nix. The exhibit includes souvenir items for many of Wisconsin's Carnegie libraries, the Milwaukee Public Library, other public libraries, and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library. A variety of souvenir items including china, spoons, paperweights, and picture postcards are part of the exhibit. The Wisconsin Library Memorabilia Exhibit has been displayed at libraries around the state.

Special exhibits have also been created for display at libraries. An exhibit featuring the Booklovers Library and the Tabard Inn Library, two early 20th century commercial libraries, was created for the Menasha Public Library which owns a Tabard Inn Library revolving bookcase.  An exhibit was created to help the Eastern Shores Library System celebrate its 30th anniversary.  An exhibit has been created on Andrew Carnegie's Wisconsin Library Legacy and has been shown at several libraries.  Exhibits have also been prepared for display at WLA Conferences.  Although not specifically related to Wisconsin, an exhibit on the American Library Association's Library War Service in World War I was created for display libraries.

Requests for the exhibit should be submitted to Larry T. Nix at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Because of the fragile nature of many of the items in the exhibit and the wide variation in display cases, it is installed and taken down personally by Nix. To be eligible to display the exhibit a library must have a locked display case. Because of travel costs, libraries which are more than a one day's round trip distance from Middleton will not normally be considered for the exhibit. The duration of the exhibit is normally one month. Although, there is no charge for the exhibit, a donation to the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is encouraged.

A major purpose of the exhibit is to promote library history so libraries that host the exhibit are encouraged to publicize the exhibit through local media outlets. 

Some images of the display are shown below. Other images can be found HERE.





Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo