On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 11, 1919
Andrew Carnegie died at age 84 at his summer home in Lenox, Mass., after three days of pneumonia. [Historic Pittsburgh]
"Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he’d built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country."
— Susan Stamberg reports on Carnegie’s library legacy. Read more here.
Photo: Andrew Carnegie, circa 1913. (Library of Congress)
Entrance to Schenley Park, showing Magee Memorial and Carnegie Library. Pittsburgh, 1915. [Cardcow]
Schenley Park (via)
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: April 3, 1891
City Council approves the choice of Schenley Park for the location of the new Carnegie Library, Hall and Museums. [Wikipedia]
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: February 6, 1890
Andrew Carnegie announces he will donate $25.9 million for the establishment of a library, natural history museum and art museum. [Wikipedia; The Willa Cather Archive]
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 25, 1881
Andrew Carnegie made his first move to create a free library for Pittsburgh; he offered $250,000 on the condition that the city government agree to appropriate $15,000 annually for its maintenance. The city was unable to accept the gift as it had no funds on hand for such a purpose. [Historic Pittsburgh]