Carnegie Library

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A Carnegie (Car-neigh-gee) library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929. These libraries were open and free to all individuals. Men, women, children, people of all races and religions were welcomed and included. In many states the Carnegie Library was the only safe place for people of color to use the bathroom.

This Carnegie library opened to the public in 1904 and functioned as a free public library until 1968 when the new library on Mill St. was built. The Waupun School District moved in here 22 S. Madison, using it as the education service center. In 1972 the Waupun Historical Society took the building over, and since then it has housed the Waupun Heritage Museum. The Historical Society takes great pride in being able to share the history of Waupun and its peoples with you. We are currently closed for remodeling and necessary building renovation. We are taking this time to create new and more cohesive displays. Look for our Grand re-opening later this Spring.

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