Public Invited To Carnegie Entrance Reopening At Rhinelander Library

Sep 9, 2019

Work being done last winter on the door.
Credit Starjournalnow.com

An original door that had been shut for decades has been rebuilt at the Rhinelander District Library and the public is invited to see the past come alive again.

Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Carnegie entrance reopens.The historic entrance was closed in 1984 at the time of the addition to the building.

Director Virginia Roberts says the time was right to bring back the entrance..

"....There's been renovation going on so we could use that old 'new' Carnegie entrance again. The 1984 entrance has had some difficulties over the past five or six years...we have some weather issues. It doesn't want to open in the winter time. It leaks a little under the door. It's not that we just shut those. The Carnegie entrance was slated to be renovated at some point. It just seemed like a really good idea to do it now...."

She says the original doors were double wide, the new entrance is single to fit modern needs. Funds were provided by private donation. Additional funds were provided by the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge #242, Re-store The Door campaign.

Originally opened November 5, 1904, the library cornerstone encloses a time capsule from the Masonic Lodge and the Rhinelander Woman's Club stocked many of the shelves. The public is welcomed. The event is hosted by the Rhinelander District Library Friends of the Library. Refreshments will be served.