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 Gertrude Thurow

GERTRUDE THUROW (1906-1993), 2014 WI Library Hall of Fame Inductee

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
in Hall of Fame
Gertrude ThurowGertrude Thurow was inducted into the WI Library Hall of Fame on November 6, 2014 at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in Wisconsin Dells. Thurow served as Director of the La Crosse Public Library (1953-1975) and was instrumental in establishing the predecessors of the Winding Rivers Library System (1965-1975). She served as President of the Wisconsin Library (1955-56). Thurow was honored as WLA Librarian of the Year in 1959, and received WLA’s Special Service Award in1975. At the La Crosse Public Library she helped to  establish an active Friends of the Library organization, and oversaw the construction of a new library building.
Thurow was born in La Crosse, WI in 1906 but moved frequently during her childhood. She received a Bachelors of Library Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Before becoming a librarian she was a teacher. She worked as a reference librarian in Sheboygan before joining the La Crosse Public Library in November 1943. In June 1953 she became library director of the La Crosse Public Library. The new library building was dedicated on November 5, 1967. She retired on September 30, 1975.
Source: A Gift to La Crosse: A History of the La Crosse Public Library by Anita Taylor Doering and Bill Petersen (La Crosse Public Library, 1997). The photograph of Thurow is courtesy of the La Crosse Public Library.


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo