I just acquired my first leather library postcard (see above) which features the Sedalia Public Library in Sedalia, MO. According to the library's website, Sedalia received a Carnegie grant of $50,000 in 1899 for its building. It was the first community in Missouri to receive a Carnegie grant. The building was dedicated in 1901, and it is still occupied by the library. The library's website states that: "The interior features the original golden oak woodwork throughout the building, marble floors in the main lobby, 5 ornate fireplaces, glass floors in the stack areas, antique cantilever shelving, a skylight, and a collection of antique furniture and paintings." It is unclear what modifications have been made to the building to make it still functional as a library 111 years later.
Miss “Public Libraries” Mary Eileen Ahern
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