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Title Dedication the Oshkosh Public Library
Catalog Number P2007.49.11
Accession number 2007.49
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Gelatin print mounted on gray album page showing the Dedication Ceremony for the Oshkosh Public Library
Date 1899/05/30
Subjects Washington Avenue
Oshkosh Public Library
Cornerstone laying
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Overton
Catalog date 2007-07-17
Cataloged by Cross, Scott
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper
Notes View from the top of the Schlitz Hall Building, showing the cornerstone laying ceremony of the Oshkosh Public Library. A crowd has started to gather and a platform with bunting is visible in the center of the foundation.
In June of 1895 after the death of Mrs. Marshall Harris, it was found that she had willed her entire estate which amounted to $75,000 to the city of Oshkosh. The city was required by conditions in the will to build the Public Library on the homestead and maintain it for public library purposes. Also, within three years of opening the will, an equal some had to be raised by the city. To meet these condition , Senator Philteus Sawyer donated $25,000 and the city bonded $51,000. The Barber house was bought for $9,000 so the Public Library could extend from Mt. Vernon St. to Jefferson Ave. on Washington St. Ground was broken in the fall of 1898 with William Waters as architect; the cornerstone was dedicated May 30, 1899, and on September 3, 1900 the building was opened
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