Montana’s Carnegie Libraries Exhibit
Residents are invited to come learn more about the history of Montana’s 17 Carnegie libraries, which were built across the state at the turn of the 20th century with the help of funding provided by Andrew Carnegie. Missoula’s Carnegie Library opened to the public in 1904 and served as the community’s library for nearly 70 years. The Carnegie building has since been home to the Missoula Art Museum since the mid-1970s.
In The Best Gift: Montana’s Carnegie Libraries, author Kate Hampton brings each of the libraries’ stories to life, showing how they impacted communities. Captivating photographs by Tom Ferris transport us to the libraries’ doorsteps and within. New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford of Great Falls provides the forward, sharing his memories on the role libraries have played in his life. The traveling exhibit highlights the importance of libraries, the financial contributions Carnegie made to help build them, their individual architectural styles and the significant role of Montana women.