Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Log Cabin Library Update

I wrote an entry earlier this month about Wisconsin's log cabin libraries. Rrecently I became aware of the 100th anniversary of the George C. Thomas Memorial Library building in Fairbanks, Alaska which is also a log building. This building housed the Fairbanks Public Library until it moved into a new building in 1977. It is on the National Register of Historical Places and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1978. It received this designation primarily because the building was the location of a meeting between Athabascan leaders from the lower Tanana River and federal officials on July 5 and 6, 1915 in regard to the threats from a growing white population. According to Tom Alton of the News-Miner newspaper, it was the first discussion of tribal land issues ever held in Interior Alaska. In a Google search, I also discovered that there is a log cabin library in Puxico, MO which houses the Puxico Public Library. The Puxico building is also on the National Register of Historic Places. There is also a library in Chester, CA which is located in log building, although this building is not historic. I would be interested in learning if there are other log cabin libraries. The postcard above is a Real Photograph Postcard (RPPC) of the Wabeno Public Library in Wisconsin.

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