The Peabody Township Library is currently raising funds to have our WWI Painting “Peabody’s Roll of Honor” cleaned and restored. The painting was donated by painter Jack Logan to the Peabody Township in January of 1919. On it are the names of all the men who served in WWI. At the top, there are 7 names in gold which are the 7 men who gave their lives serving our country in combat. Once the Peabody Township had the painting framed at a local frame shop, it has been hanging over the basement stairs ever since. The painting is still in excellent shape in spite of being almost 100 years old. Several things made this possible. First, Mr. Logan painting the painting on a board and not canvass. Had it been on canvass, the temperature fluctuations that the library experiences would have caused the paint to separate from the canvass. Second, the painting is hanging on the only wall in the library that never gets direct sunlight. Third, if the painting would have been cleaned several years ago, there is a distinct possibility the chemicals used then could have destroyed the painting. Finally, the library was not climate controlled and there is a very fine layer of chemical free farm dirt that found it’s way onto the painting before the dust from modern day farming practices. Had any one of these occurrences turned out differently, the painting might have been not worth being repaired.
A couple of years ago, the Peabody Township Library started a fund to get the painting cleaned and restored by a professional. The estimate given was around $5,000.00. To date, about half of that money has been raised. It is our goal to have the funds raised before the construction of the lift project slated for after August 2016. If the funds can be raised by that time, the painting will be able to be removed from the library during construction and then returned to the library after construction is complete. Since the library is now 100% climate controlled, temperature fluctuations are much smaller and this restoration is hoped to last for at least another 150 years.
If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact the library at (620) 983-2502 during normal hours of operation.
Thanks to a generous donation in memory of Adele and Harold Taylor, the Peabody Township Library has started a website where anybody can digitally search the Peabody Gazette Bulletin. To access the site, go to the website listed below and follow the directions.
The website uses “Google Search Parameters”. This means if you are looking for information about John P. Church, you do not just want to type his name in the search field. If you do, every time the name John appears AND every time there is a Capital “P” AND every time the word church appears will be flagged. You want to put quotation marks around the name to limit the search parameters to just this one person. Ex. “John P. Church”. Now, only when these three appear together will the paper be flagged for you.
All papers are available since the 1870’s and last years papers will be added soon.
The library board is wanting to add PBHS annuals or year books to the page as well. We are currently looking for donors willing to make this happen. If you are interested, please e-mail the library at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodger L. Charles, Library Director
Rodger Charles, Library Director for the Peabody Township Library. There is very little you can’t do in our library.
Ann Potter Room
The Ann Potter Room is a large meeting place located in the basement of the library with a kitchen. Starting in the fall of 2016, the library will start the construction process installing a lift where the current basement stairs are located. The stairs will be moved and the North door the library will become a handicap entrance. For the first time since the library was built in 1914, it will be accessible to all patrons in the Peabody Township. If you wish to make a donation toward this project, please call the library during normal hours of operation at (620) 983-2502.
The room can be booked for events by calling the Library at (620) 983-2502.
Peabody Kansas Carnegie Library
Check out the History of YOUR Peabody Library site with links to more information. How did the Peabody Library get in Peabody, Kansas? The Peabody Gazette-Bulletin from 1913 and 1914 help answer the question. See Articles from the Peabody newspaper.
More information is planned to be added in the future, so please come back again!
Memories and stories may be submitted.
If you have ideas of books or materials you would like the Peabody Library to have, please tell the Librarian. There are suggestions slips available too.
YOUR suggestions will be considered by the Director and the Library board. Thank you.
Your Library really needs your help!
With funds becoming more scarce, your library could use:
Copy Paper 8.5″ X 11″, 13 gal. and 4 gal. trashcan liners, Toilet Paper, “C fold” paper towels, Clear Packing tape 3″ and 1.5″, Kitchen Serving Utensils, Hanging File Folders, 6′ plastic Tables, plastic folding chairs, Table and Chair Rack, printing toner HP Officejet Pro X576 dw MFP and for HP Laserjet 4100n, and as always, donations for NEW BOOKS AUDIO BOOKS, CD’s and DVD’s! All assistance will be greatly appreciated.
If you have questions, call the library at (620) 983-2502