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 Lutie Eugenia Stearns

Lutie Stearns and the Woman's Congress at Tower Hill, WI

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Thursday, March 01, 2012
in Events

pc-wi-tower-hill-72

This article was also posted on The Library History Buff Blog.   

For Women's History Month I thought I would post a story about Lutie Stearns, one of Wisconsin's greatest library pioneers. As often happens, a piece of postal librariana was the stimulus for my engaging in some library history research. I was delighted when I researched a picture postcard depicting the Ann Mitchell Library at Tower Hill, Wisconsin (shown above) to find that there was a link between Tower Hill and Lutie Stearns. Tower Hill is now the Tower Hill State Park, but was originally the summer retreat of Jenkin Lloyd Jones, a prominent Unitarian minister. As is explained in the first issue of La Follette's Weekly Magazine (January 9, 1909), Jones sponsored an annual Woman's Congress at Tower Hill. The guests at the Woman's Congress were limited to twenty-five invited individuals, and the speakers and topics for the Congress were selected by a committee which Lutie Stearns chaired for several years. Stearns at the time was on the staff of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission which she helped to found in 1891. In addition to her advocacy for free public libraries and traveling libraries, Stearns was an outspoken advocate for women and their role in society. Library Journal (October, 1916) reported on on a Library Congress held at Tower Hill in August of 1916. This Congress was also chaired by Lutie Stearns. Librarians from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and North Dakota participated in this informal gathering to discuss library issues and to relax. It is in that Library Journal article which was written by Stearns that mention is made of the Ann Mitchell Library.  It notes that: "The afternoons during the week were given over to informal conferences and visits to the Ann Mitchell Library building on the Tower Hill grounds, which was found to be well supplied with the classics as well as the better part of latter-day literature." I have been unable to determine the identity of Ann Mitchell. Jones was a promoter of women in the ministry so perhaps she was a minister. The library and the building that housed it no longer exist. I also have a blog post about Lutie's speech impediment and her proposal for a book wagon. I highly recommend a book about Lutie for young people titled Books in a Box.

Categories

Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo