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 Historical Register

Log Cabin Library Visit

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Saturday, August 01, 2009
in Library buildings





On a recent trip "Up North", I had a chance to visit one of Wisconsin's log cabin libraries. In this instance it was the Forest Lodge Library in Cable, Wisconsin. I have an old postcard of the library and I originally wrote about the library on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center website thinking it was the only, or at least the oldest, such library in the state. I was quickly informed that there was another older log cabin library in Wabeno, Wisconsin which is the Wabeno Public Library. I then posted an additional entry on the WLHC website.  Both libraries are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wisconsin Historical Society maintains a listing of buildings on the State and National Registers of Historical Places. The entry for the Forest Lodge Library indicates that the library was donated in 1925 by Mary Livingston Griggs, a prominent member of society in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Griggs who also designed the library dedicated it to her mother in memory of their family lodge and estate at nearby Lake Namekagon. A short vacation on Lake Namekagon was the purpose of my recent trip. The Wisconsin Historical Society entry for the Wabeno log cabin library indicates that it was originally built as the Chicago and North Western Railroad Land Office in 1875. It was evidently turned over to the City of Wabeno to be used as a public library in 1923. Both Libraries are on the Wisconsin Library Heritage Trail.

Note: To find other Wisconsin libraries on the Wisconsin Historical Society's listing of buildings on the State and National Registers of Historical Places, choose Education as the Historic Function and Libraries as the Historic Subfunction. Select "All Counties" if you want to see historic libraries in the whole state.


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo