Fletcher Free Library

Location: Burlington
Tag(s): Art and Culture
Historical Category: Historic Preservation
Video Date: 1/21/2021

The original Fletcher Free Library in Burlington was created in the late 1800s thanks to a gift from the Fletcher family. Originally housed in City Hall, it quickly outgrew the space and in the early 1900s Andrew Carnegie gave funding to build a new library. Carnegie was a 19th Century industrialist who saw libraries as essential places for learning and public education. There are four Carnegie public libraries in Vermont, each distinctly representing their community but alike in their monumental building styles.

This Place in History is produced in partnership by Local 22 & Local 44 (www.mychamplainvalley.com) and the Vermont Historical Society.

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