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Back in Time: Monday event celebrates Carnegie history

The Carnegie Library building, now the Carnegie Resource Center was built in 1903. (Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Area Historical Society)

The Carnegie Library building, now the Carnegie Resource Center, was built in 1903.

On Feb. 3, 1902, Andrew Carnegie agreed to provide the city of Mitchell $10,000 to construct the library. An additional grant of $2,000 was later obtained from Carnegie to add aesthetic enhancements of decorative hand-carved oak elements on the interior, cut stained glass windows and wrought iron railings and fences. Additions were made to the building in 1930 and 1960.

After the library materials were removed from the Carnegie building in 1971, it was leased to the Mitchell Area Arts Council for $1 a year. After the Oscar Howe Museum moved out of the building, it was used by the YWCA for a few years and sat empty until the Mitchell Area Historical Society got possession of the building in 2006.

The historical society invites the public to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the building today. A ribbon cutting will be at 2:30 p.m. today, with an open house until 5. A special postal cancellation will also be held from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a pork feed served at 5:30 p.m. in the basement of the United Methodist Church. At 7 p.m., Boyd Blumer will give a program on “Circuit Riding Preachers in Early Dakota Territory.”