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N.B. Historical Museum program looks at ladies’ library associations, November 16

Many Michigan communities had women’s organizations, often called ladies’ library associations, which formed for the purposes of sponsoring subscription-based libraries. More than 100 of these organizations existed in Michigan during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were especially prevalent in the lower half of the lower peninsula of Michigan.  There were two in Berrien County. While most were eventually replaced by public libraries, a few continue to exist today. 

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