Andrew Carnegie

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..

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We’re continuing our series on the historical influence of mining in the Upper Peninsula today, specifically in the Ironwood area, with the story of the Ironwood Carnegie Library. (Listen to Part One about how neighborhoods in the Upper Peninsula got their names here.)

There are Carnegie libraries all over the country, including in Merrill and Rhinelander. While Andrew Carnegie did a lot of good for libraries though, he was a controversial figure.