Early History Timeline
G. Tanner elected as librarian of the Winona Lyceum.
Dr. I. R. Cone, librarian, reports collection of 47 volumes.
Officers elected for the Young Men’s Library Club. Sheldon P. Carey named first president.
Book collection reported at nearly 1000 volumes.
Library closed due to debt issues.
Mrs. J. B. McGaughey, Mrs. Thomas Wilson, and Miss Charlotte Prentiss lifted the debt and reorganized the library under a new name, the Winona Library Association.
Miss Jeanette A. Clark is named librarian. She will serve as librarian for over a half-century until the year 1936.
Winona Library Association turns over 3500 books to the city for use for all residents to form Winona’s first free public library located on the corner of 4th and Lafayette streets.
William H. Laird’s $50,000 donation builds the present-day Winona Public Library on 5th and Johnson St. and opens to the public on January 21st. The Winona Library Association donates $7000-$8000 toward furnishings.
Frederic Somers Bell elected first president of the Library Board.
Statue of Hebe donated to the library by Mrs. William H. Laird on July 8th. The statue is a copy in Carrara marble of the original work by Antonio Canova.
Kenyon Cox mural, The Light of Learning, donated to the library by William H. Hayes in memory of his wife and former library employee, Charlotte Prentiss Hayes.
Library collection grows to 32,000 volumes. Additional stack space is constructed with a generous donation of $10,000 from the Laird family, providing space to hold up to 60,000 volumes.
First Children’s Room opens on ground floor with a separate entrance on Johnson Street. This space was previously the library’s Lecture Room. Miss Mary A. Holmes is named the first children’s librarian and in charge of their 5000 books.
Miss Ethel Binney succeeds Miss Jeanette Clark as librarian. She will serve until 1944.