Bachelor Girl's Library Club

Bachelor Girl's Library Club (HMRK0)

Location: Rusk, TX 75785 Cherokee County
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N 31° 47.759', W 95° 8.92'

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Formed by 15 young single women in 1902 with fewer than 50 books, this library club would later donate to the City of Rusk a volume of books that greatly contributed to an inventory in excess of 23,000 books. The Book Club, originally housed-in downtown Rusk at the Acme Hotel, is believed to be the first public library established in Cherokee County.

In 1904 the club changed its name to "The Maids and Matrons Library Club" and rescinded its rule prohibiting married members in order that several of its original founders who had since married could continue in the organization. The name of the club was changed once more in 1916 to the "Library Study Club." In 1936 the members formed a club for younger women called "The Thalian Study Club."

The size of the library's holdings continued to grow so that by 1966 the club had for some years required the services of a paid librarian. That year the club donated all of its books and furnishings to the City of Rusk. In 1969 they became part of the permanent collection at the newly constructed Singletary Memorial Library building. The Library Study Club and its offspring the Thalian Club continued to support the Rusk Community Library.

HM NumberHMRK0
Marker Number6611
Year Placed1992
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 10:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 296577 N 3519832
Decimal Degrees31.79598333, -95.14866667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 47.759', W 95° 8.92'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 47' 45.54" N, 95° 8' 55.20" W
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Area Code(s)903, 430
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 236-298 E 6th St, Rusk TX 75785, US
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