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From Bookcase to Building: A History of the Lincoln Library

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The late 18th and 19th centuries saw the rise of Social Libraries in the United States with the thought that shared texts could create a common social and learning experiences and foster private discussions.  Pooling of funds enabled a more varied selection of books balancing the Classics, philosophy, and natural sciences with the more fashionable novel.  These were subscription or proprietary libraries as opposed to other forms of existing libraries.

Lincoln was no exception to this movement. Learn about how Lincoln's social library developed into the Lincoln Public Library we know today.


Adapted from original exhibit by Marjorie Hilton.

R.D. Donaldson: A Vernacular Carpenter


Robert Douglas Donaldson (1870–1964) was a building contractor who operated in Lincoln from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. A prolific builder, he constructed more than 80 houses in Lincoln alone, along with other homes and large buildings in the surrounding towns.


Adapted from research & presentations by Robert Loud.