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Day 6: Boston, Georgia to Lavonia, Georgia

Carnegie libraries visited: Boston, Pelham, and Eatonton, Georgia


Americans are not a people that care passionately about its history, for better or worse. We tend to care more for tomorrow than for yesterday. 

For the purposes of this project, it's definitely for the worse. The Boston Carnegie library does not have its own wikipedia page, and I cannot find other material about its history, either. The website for the current library does not even mention the library’s history. The Eatonton Library, too, has no recorded past, or not one available to the reading public. On citation for that library on the website Vanishing Georgia merely states: “Carnegie Library, 1915. This still serves as Eatonton’s library.” This library is part of the Azalea Regional Library System: the first entry on the history page is from 1952, when the regional system was established. By comparison, the history of the Lavonia library is rich, meriting five entire sentences: It’s a historic building. It was funded by Andrew Carnegie, and is “the most architecturally sophisticated building in the small community”. The building is in the Renaissance Revival style. It was built in 1904 and is now part of the Athens Regional Library system. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. That’s it.



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