#13.004: Carnegie History in A Carnegie Space


The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, photo by Tim Jeffries


Some people are really into big numbers and the number 310 billion contains a lot of zeros. And some people may be impressed by that no matter what is being counted. What may turn some heads is that 310 billion would be Andrew Carnegie’s net worth in today’s dollars. The second wealthiest American ever in history which is approximately 3.5 Bill Gates combined. After selling his company for $480 million (1900 dollars) at age 65, Carnegie spent the rest of his life giving a substantial amount of it away. One of the most notable legacies of Carnegie’s philanthropy were the libraries that he enabled to be constructed though grants. All in all, 1,687 libraries were constructed. Cincinnati was the recipient of 9 of those libraries. 7 of the original 9 are still public libraries in the city. ArchiNATI is very happy to have teamed up with the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum to present a preview of new book by author Betty Ann Smiddy with photos by Tim Jeffries that puts a spotlight on these very special buildings.

From Betty Ann Smiddy:

“Do you know that Cincinnati had 9 libraries funded by the Andrew
Carnegie Foundation? Of the 9, 7 are still public libraries. One of
the buildings, the Carnegie Center, is hosting a presentation about
Andrew Carnegie and the Cincinnati Public Libraries on October 9,
6:00 P.M. Learn about the ins and outs of these forgotten jewels that
are part of the the Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.”

About the Author: Betty Ann Smiddy has received outstanding achievement awards in  local history from the Ohio Historical Society and the Hamilton County Recorder’s Office. Betty Ann is a Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year and was given a key to the city of Cincinnati for her volunteer activities. She has written two books for Arcadia Publishing along with one on the history of College Hill.

More Photos of Cincinnati’s Carnegie Libraries by Tim Jeffries:


Carnegie History in a Carnegie Space | “View Pages from the Past in a New Book”

A preview of a book in progress by Betty Ann Smiddy and Tim Jeffries on the history and architecture of the  Carnegie Libraries in Cincinnati and across the US.

The Carnegie Center,3738 Eastern Avenue, 45226
Event is Free and Open to the Public | Register Below or at CarnegieHistory.eventbrite.com

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