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.

Subscribe to feed Viewing entries tagged Black River Falls Public Library

Wisconsin’s First Public Library (WLA 125)

Posted by Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix
Larry T. Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, January 29, 2016
in WLA 125
The first public library established under Wisconsin’s 1872 public library law was the Black River Falls Public Library which was established in the fall of 1872.  This library met the three criteria for being defined as a public library under Wisconsin law: 1) it was established by a governmental unit (the Village of Black River Falls); 2) it was free to the users of the library; and it was supported by public taxation. The newly established public library was preceded by an association or membership library established in 1868 that was supported by fees that were paid by members. The Black River Falls Public Library was housed in a number of locations in its early years. In 1882 the library was moved to Mrs. P. H. Howell’s dress making and millinery shop when she became librarian. The photograph above shows the library at this location. Black River Falls was one of sixty Wisconsin communities that received a grant from Andrew Carnegie. It received its grant on March 11, 1914 for $10,000.  The Carnegie building which is now houses a historical museum is shown in the photograph below.  The library moved into a new building where it is now housed in 1995.


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo