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Hamburg Public Library, Hamburg, PA

Hamburg Public Library - National Register of Historic Places Ref # 88002369, date listed 19881103

. 35 N. Third St.

. Harrisburg, PA (Dauphin County)

. Plans for the Hamburg Public Library began over ninety years ago when County School Superintendent E.M. Rapp wrote to Andrew Carnegie, telling him of a need for a library in the area. In February, 1903, the response from Mr. Carnegie's personal secretary was reprinted in the local newspaper, the Hamburg Item.

. "Responding to your communication on behalf of Hamburg: If the borough agrees by resolution of Councils to maintain a Free Public Library at a cost of not less than $1000 a year and to provide a suitable site for the building, Mr. Carnegie will be pleased to furnish $10,000 to erect a Free Public Library Building for Hamburg."

. On March 3, 1903, only two weeks after the publication of Carnegie's letter, the school board decided to accept the offer. The board donated a site on school property on North 3rd Street in Hamburg and assumed responsibility for maintaining the library. (1)

. References (1) Hamburg Library

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