Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall News

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Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall Newsletter

The winter issue of this biannual newsletter for one of my favorite places is about to hit the mail. I designed the 12-page two-color newsletter, and all photos of the facility and events at and for the facility are are mine.

The big story is the “Home for the Holidays” open house and movie premiere on the Saturday after Thanksgiving with tours of the newly-renovated Capt. Thos. Espy GAR Post No. 153, or what we’ve always called the “Civil War Room” along with the whole historic facility.

This Library has served Carnegie and the surrounding towns for 109 years, and it still welcomes everyone in its reach to its open and bright interior. After years of use, then neglect, it has been renovated, room by room, in a huge campaign to restore its original grandeur and update accommodations where necessary.

The Music Hall, with its new and very comfortable seats replacing the tiny wooden theater seats, is modeled on Carnegie Hall in New York, and with its intimate seating capacity performers love the space. There isn’t a bad seat in the house.

The Civil War Room was the meeting place of a chapter of one of the first organized veteran’s organizations in history, certainly in the United States, and housed all the artifacts the members deemed important and held dear. Once there were about 7,000 “posts”, now there are fewer than a dozen and this room is possibly the most intact of all.

The Angel of Marye’s Heights is a Pittsburgh premiere of a half-hour documentary of the true story of a Confederate soldier who, out of compassion, tended Union soldiers on the battlefield at Fredericksburg. The film’s writer and producer, Michael Aubrecht, is from just up the hill in Green Tree.

In addition, I have two photo exhibits in the Reception Hall: “Of Harps and Fig Leaves”, featuring architectural details and overall shots of the Library and Music Hal; and “Carnegie Photographed”, featuring some of my favorite photographs of my home town (I don’t have my blog post up for this yet, but I’ll link it here in a day or two).

Please read this issue of the newsletter, please visit the Newsletters page on the website. You can also see images of the Civil War Room and events surrounding it, and images of the library and music hall and the facility in general in the Photo Album; I have taken all these photos and organized them into the galleries. Or just browse the website to see what it’s all about; the website is also my design.

My mother’s and her sister’s high school graduation ceremonies were held on the stage in the Music Hall, and my mother played in the school musicals also performed on that stage. My Aunt Mary taught her immigrant father to read by reading the newspapers in the Library, and I’ve been visiting this library since before I can remember. I hope it’s still there long after I’m forgotten.

You can read this issue and more on the Newsletters page on the website,

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