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2006 April 22
Maggie Forbes, Acting Executive Director
Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
Today, 2006 April 22, marks the 104th anniversary of the official dedication, by Library Donor Andrew Carnegie, of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall. My congratulations go to the Board of Trustees and loyal staff of this institution for providing a wonderful public service all these many years, often under trying circumstances. As is my custom, today is the day I provide my annual monetary donation to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall of one dollar for each year following the official dedication. Enclosed, please find my personal check for $104, made out to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.
I also want to acknowledge and accept the generous invitation to the May 5 reception, celebrating the centennial of the charter between the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and the Captain Thomas Espy Post Number 153, Grand Army of the Republic. I am pleased to see progress on the restoration of the Library’s Civil War Museum. As you may know, I coordinated the Wednesday evening, weekly public tours of the Civil War Museum during the last year of my tenure as a Library Life Trustee (from July of 1999 through June of 2000). Enclosed, please find my personal check for $50, for one ticket to the reception, made out to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall Campaign.
As you may know, during my years as a Life Trustee for the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall (1995 to 2000), I also served as the Library’s Historian. Of course, my History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries Internet web site < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc > includes an extensive section on the history of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall. And, last year (2005 June 8) Chris Potter, Editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper quoted me in his weekly You Had to Ask column, when a reader asked the question: Is it true that Andrew Carnegie paid to have the town of Carnegie named after him? (The answer is no; however, Andrew Carnegie did provide the borough a library and music hall, with an endowment—and later added to the endowment, in appreciation of the borough’s kind gesture).
I am sorry I was not able to speak with you at length, regarding the Library rehabilitation project, at last year’s Library anniversary event. I know you had your hands full coordinating the event. This-past Wednesday, I visited the Andrew Carnegie Free Library to donate another book for a book memorial. From my observations that day, and the day of last year’s anniversary event, I do have several comments and questions regarding the Library rehabilitation project. Attached is an Addendum with these comments and questions. Perhaps I can discuss some of these matters with you during the anniversary events on May 5 or May 6.
Glenn A. Walsh
Copy: Board of Trustees, Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
Charles R. Goetz, Co-Chair, Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall Campaign
William E. Manby, Co-Chair, Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall Campaign
Richard L. Thornburgh
Robert C. Wilburn