Libraries & Museums on the LH

Links to libraries and museums on or near the Lincoln Highway. Send your recommendations.

 

New York
. The New York Public Library, dedicated 1911, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City, (212) 930-0800.
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New Jersey
. Elizabeth Public Library, 11 S Broad St at Rahway Ave across the Union County Courthouse, Elizabeth, (908)-354-6060.
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Pennnsylvania
. Tredyffrin Public Library, 1/2 mi N of US 30 at Old Eagle School Road/John Harvard’s Brew House, then right to 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, (610) 688-7092.
. Paoli Library, in the Wachovia Bank building, 18 Darby Road at US 30, Paoli, (610) 296- 7996.
. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main, Oakland area, PA Room for local history, museum attached.
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West Virginia
. Lynn Murray Memorial Library, 601 Railroad St one block N of Carolina Ave/LH, Chester, (304) 387-1010.
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Ohio
. Lima Public Library, 650 W Market St, Lima, (419) 228-5113.
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Indiana
. Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, (260) 421-1252.
. New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library, 408 S Bray St, New Carlisle, (574) 654-3046.
. Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend, (888) 391-5600.

 

Illinois
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. Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa St, Joliet, (815) 723-5201.
. New Geneva History Center, 113 South Third St, Geneva, (630) 232-4951.
. Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St, Elburn, (630) 365-2244.
. Winifred Knox Memorial Library, 112 S. Elm St, Franklin Grove, (815) 456-2823.
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Iowa
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. Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave, Ames, (515) 239-5645.
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Nebraska
. Omaha Public Library, 215 S 15th St, Omaha, (402) 444-4800.
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. Chevyland U.S.A. Auto Museum (110 cars), Elm Creek, (308) 856-4208.
. Lexington Public Library, 907 North Washington St, 6 blocks N of US 30, Lexington, (308) 324-2151.
. 100th Meridian Museum, 206 E. 8th St, Cozad, (308) 784-2704.
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Colorado
. Fort Morgan Museum, 414 Main St, Fort Morgan, (970) 542-4010.
. US Military Historical Museum, 404 State St, Fort Morgan, (970) 867-5520.
. Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, (303) 866-3682.
. Berthoud Historical Society/Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 228 Mountain Ave, Berthoud, (970) 532-2147.

 

Wyoming
. Laramie County Library, 2800 Central Ave, Cheyenne.
. Wyoming State Library, 516 S Greeley Hwy in Town and Country Shopping Center, Cheyenne.
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Utah
. Utah State Historical Society, 300 S. Rio Grande St, SLC, (801) 533-3500.
. Classic Car Museum and sales (all proceeds to Utah Homeless Boys Ranch), 355 W 700 S, SLC, (801) 322-5509.
. Benson Grist Mill (1854, rest’d 1980s), 325 SR 138, Stansbury Park, (435) 882-7678.
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Nevada
. White Pine County Library, 950 Campton St, Ely, (775) 289-3737.
. Austin Historical Society & Museum, 180 Main St, Austin, (775) 964-1202.
. Nevada Historical Society Research and Reading Room, 1650 North Virginia St, Reno, (775) 688-1190.
. Nevada State Library & Archives, 100 North Stewart Street, Carson City, (775) 684-3360 lib, (775) 684-3310 arch.
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California
. California State Archives, 1020 O Street, one block S of State Capitol, Sacramento.
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5 Responses to “Libraries & Museums on the LH”

  1. beryl oconnnor Says:

    Lisbon History Center, Lisbon, Iowa….located on Linclon Highway
    open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10:00-3:00
    319-455-2714

  2. brianbutko Says:

    Thanks Lisbon, I’ll add you to the list!

  3. Jane Ncioll Says:

    The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, at 141 Forest Blvd is an original rental townhome furnished as it might have been from 1948-1953. A museum visit is a great way to get acquainted with Park Forest Illinois’ unique history as the first fully-planned post-World War II suburb It is a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for anyone who lived in the 1950s or 1960s, or for those interested in that period. Visitors are encouraged to open drawers, cupboard and closets to discover period treasures inside. Contents of the house, furnished as though a young veteran and his family of small children occupy it, include dolls, toys, dollhouses, books, dishes, serving pieces, furniture and clothing from the period. When is the last time you said, “Hello,” to Howdy Doody? One room represents a classroom in the first school, Forest Boulevard School, which was set up in a row of townhomes. A guide will tell village history, and social and fashion trends of the era. A self-guided tour script is available. A driving tour of Park Forest can be borrowed with a $5 deposit. Operated by the Park Forest Historical Society and sponsored by AIMCO and Central Park Townhomes, the museum is open Saturdays from 1-3 p.m., or by appointment; closed in January. Donation is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Contact Jane Nicoll, Museum Director at parkforesthistory1 at yahoo.com. Learn about the Society and take a virtual tour at http://www.parkforesthistory.org. Publications and postcards, including, the pictorial history, “Park Forest: Dreams and Challenges,” ($20) are available for purchase at the museum.
    The 1950s Park Forest House Museum is located just about 6 blocks off the Lincoln Highway from the entrance to Park Forest at Orchard Drive.

  4. Larry Fiehn Says:

    What about the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer at Grand Island, Nebraska, Brian? Admittedly it is a couple of miles south of the traditional Lincoln route in Grand Island, but it truly is worth a stop. Thanks!

  5. Jo Says:

    How does a town along the Lincoln Highway get its information on this blog? The LH enters Ohio in East Liverpool, Ohio, which has several wonderful museums and sites worth seeing but they’re not listed here. In Lisbon and Hanoverton, there are also a diner and historic restaurant as well as museums. How can these towns get their attractions listed. Thank you.

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