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

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo