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 McMillan Memorial Library

Wisconsin Rapids Public Library History

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Friday, December 12, 2008
in Library buildings


This postcard shows the public library building for Grand Rapids (now Wisconsin Rapids). It was completed in 1892. The library shared the building with the city council and the fire department initially, but the library took over the entire building in 1900. The library was named the T. B. Scott Free Public Library at that time after T. B. Scott who donated $5,000 to the library. The library was located in this building until 1948.  

The folks at the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids, formerly the T. B. Scott Free Public Library,  have done an especially good job of telling the library's story on their website. A recent addition to their website is a Google map of the previous locations of the library with photos and descriptions.  Also on the website is an online version of Centennial Story 1890-1990 : McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
by Alice McCaul Hayward.  There is a section devoted to the traveling libraries initiated by J. D. Witter in Wood County. Information about other Wisconsin traveling libraries can be found here. Finally there is a section that includes digitized newspaper articles that were written in 1921 about the early years of the library. A mural showing the history of the library is located near the entrance to the library. This mural is shown as part of the new Google map feature. 

Recent Comments Show all comments
  • Larry Nix says #
    I'm sorry, but the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is not in position to do the kind of research which you request. Our area of...
  • Antoine Nouens says #
    Dear Sir, Madam: Please assist me in regard of the following. I do research about US servicemen that were killed in WW 2 in and ne...


Popular Tags

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

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo