Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Laughlin Memorial Library

Photo of Laughlin Memorial Library, Beaver Valley Times, October 5, 1953

Original caption reads: 

LAUGHLIN LIBRARY--Dedicated in 1929, the Laughlin Memorial Free Library in Ambridge was erected at a cost of approximately $200,000. It was endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Laughlin of Sewickley, as a memorial to their son, Major Alexander Laughlin Jr. In 1935, the name was changed from the Ambridge Free Library to its present title. The building fronts Eleventh Street and is used by various civic organizations for meetings. The library contains more than 20,000 volumes. Director is Mrs. Sarah B. Caldwell.

At some point after the library celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the building's dedication in 1979, the library dropped the "Free" from its name. I don't know yet when that change happened.

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