Jonathan Bourne Public Library, dedicated in 1897.
(Image from Digital Commonwealth collections)
TODAY: Only one town without library service.
In 1897: "It will be seen that there are now only ten towns in the State that are not fully entitled to the privileges and rights of a free public library. In four of these towns there are good association libraries that are not free, one of them is awaiting the maturing of the terms of a bequest made some years ago to establish a library, and the only obstacle in the other towns is the lack of any convenient centre for locating a library."1
Towns having no free public library privileges in 1897:
Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dracut, Gay Head, Hadley, Lakeville, Nantucket, New Marlborough, Norwell, Seekonk.1
Commissioners in 1897:
New library buildings in 1897:
New free public libraries in 1897:
What else happened in 1897?
Boston's new subway makes a test run at Park Street Station.
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