Western Library Association

Western Library Association (HMA3P)

Location: Amesville, OH 45711 Athens County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.014', W 81° 57.345'

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— The Coonskin Library —

In the years leading to Ohio statehood in 1803, Ames Township citizens decided to establish a stock-owned circulating library. Since cash was scarce during Ohio's frontier era, some citizens paid for their $2.50 shares by the sale of animal pelts, which were taken to Boston for sale in the spring of 1804 by merchant Samuel Brown. There he acquired fifty-one volumes, primarily books on history, religion, travel, and biography, as the first accessions for the Western Library Association. Senator Thomas Ewing later related that he paid his share with ten raccoon skins, thus suggesting the collection's popular name "the Coonskin Library." Judge Ephraim Cutler was the first of many librarians who kept the library until 1861.
HM NumberHMA3P
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number5-5
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The International Parper Company Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 417707 N 4361628
Decimal Degrees39.40023333, -81.95575000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.014', W 81° 57.345'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 0.84" N, 81° 57' 20.70" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19 OH-550, Amesville OH 45711, US
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