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MBLC Celebrates 125 Years


In 1912: "Trustees and persons interested in libraries from different parts of the State have sought advice of the commission as to administration and the construction of library buildings."1

TODAY: In 2015, two full-time Library Building Specialists are employed by the MBLC.2

The Titanic sailing the Atlantic Ocean

The Titanic3

What else happened in 1912?

  • The White Star Line's flagship Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Over 1500 people died in the disaster.4
  • Textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts went on what came to be known as the "Bread and Roses" strike.5
  • Fenway Park opened in Boston. "Fenway Park hosted its first game on April 9, an exhibition between the Red Sox and Harvard College. Eleven days later, the Red Sox played their first official game at Fenway Park against the New York Highlanders. The club went on to win 105 regular season games, the American League Pennant and a thrilling World Series."6

1. Twenty-third Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts, 1913.
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