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

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo