On This Date In Twin Cities History - December 29, 1891

On this date in 1891, the Minnesota Library Association is organized in St. Paul. Professor William W. Folwell, the librarian of the University of Minnesota, is elected president of this first state library association, and other members of “that useful profession” fill the offices of vice president (Helen J. McCaine of the St. Paul Public Library) and secretary and treasurer (J. Fletcher Williams of the Minnesota Historical Society). Early concerns at meetings of the organization include education for librarianship, work with children, traveling libraries, and public access to bookshelves. (MNopedia)