Library To Host
Historical Tours on “First Friday”
Greenville Public Library...
The “First Friday” on May 4th marks the 100th anniversary of the Henry
St. Clair Memorial Hall. There is a very special relationship
between the Greenville Public Library and the Memorial Hall. Yes,
they do sit side by side on the most beautiful city block in
town! But even more, Henry & Ella St. Clair donated
generously to the construction of the Library which added to its size,
beauty, and extensive book collections at the time.
Even though the Library was built by grants from Andrew Carnegie and
the Greenville Schools, the “extras” came from the St. Clair’s – the
marble stairwell, the stained glass, the imported statues, and the
private book collections of Henry himself. Henry’s portrait in
stained glass graces the Reference Room. Of course the Memorial
Hall was built entirely by Ella in memory of Henry and features the
same beauty on a much larger scale.
Along with this special anniversary, May is also National Preservation
Month and several local organizations - including Main Street
Greenville – are holding events and tours throughout the coming
The Library began a partnership with Main Street Greenville
earlier this spring and now offers a special event from 5:00 to 6:00
each First Friday – so in keeping with the theme for May we will be
conducting our own historical tours!
Stop in the Library at either 5:00 or 5:30 for a half-hour tour by
Director John Vehre or Assistant Director Susi Halley - and learn about
the building’s design and decor, the story of its creation &
renovation, and the people involved.
You’ll still have plenty of time to attend “An Evening of Legacy –
Memorial Hall” next door that evening. Be sure to consult the
local news venues for more information about all the Memorial Hall
celebrations, the First Friday events, and National Preservation Month!