Veterans Memorial Library Historical

Veterans Memorial Library Historical (HM1Y0B)

Location: Saint Cloud, FL 34769 Osceola County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 14.902', W 81° 17.088'

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The Ladies Improvement Club of St. Cloud organized in 1910 for the betterment of the community through civic projects and the advocacy of literacy. The club established a small area in the Sugar Belt Railway depot for books and magazines for public use. As the community grew, the club relocated the collection to a small building on Pennsylvania Avenue, then later to the second floor of city hall on Florida Avenue and 10th Street. The library became an important focus of the club and community. In 1915, club president Mary George worked with Judge W.G. Peckham to secure lots on Massachusetts Avenue for the construction of a new library building. Within a year, the club raised $700 to pay for the lots. Contributions from Union Army veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic helped fund construction of the library in 1922. It was designed by Orlando architects Ida Anna Ryan, the first woman to earn a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Isabel Roberts, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. Ryan and Roberts insisted on a motto. Thomas Carlyle's "The true university is a collection of books" was selected.
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This Grecian style building, constructed by P.E. Morgan, was composed
of hollow clay tile with stained stucco exterior finish. The dedication of the Veterans Memorial Library in February 1923 was presided over by the president of the Ladies Improvement Club. Sixty members of the Grand Army of the Republic and forty members its auxiliary, the Woman's Relief Corps, marched to the library for Flag-raising ceremonies. The Ladies Improvement Club, renamed the Woman's Club of St. Cloud in 1941, maintained and operated the library until it became part of the Osceola County library system in 1968. The building served as the city's library for over 50 years until the library moved in 1974. Thereafter it was used a a re-sale shop for the American Red Cross and other civic groups until 2000. The City of St. Cloud purchased the building n 2001 and began renovations to established the museum opened in February 2008 and houses the records and artifacts of St. Cloud's history.
HM NumberHM1Y0B
Year Placed2016
Placed BySt. Cloud Main Street, The City of St. Cloud, and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 472062 N 3124748
Decimal Degrees28.24836667, -81.28480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 14.902', W 81° 17.088'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 14' 54.12" N, 81° 17' 5.28" W
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Area Code(s)407, 321
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1014 Massachusetts Ave, Saint Cloud FL 34769, US
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