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Library’s centennial celebration begins


Andrew Christiansen

LIBRARY MILESTONE: Dennis Dutson (left) and Scott Tingley hang the banner proclaiming the centennial year for the Goldendale Public Library.

“On June 10, 1912, there was a meeting called by Dr. Louise B. Dorman...” So begins the first entry in the “Library Records” and minutes books of the Goldendale Woman’s Association. At this meeting, a small but dedicated group of women decided to found “a permanent organization for the uplift of Goldendale,” whose purpose, first and foremost, was to establish a public library accessible to adults and to children year-round.

Over the next two years, these women would work tirelessly to acquire the land and financial grants necessary to build a Carnegie library. They would engage in fundraisers that included everything from selling pencils and holding bake sales to holding be...

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